Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,
The streets were festive, people in new clothes, singing at the top of their voices, some dancing in joy, cars tooting their horns in salutation. Many buildings dressed in lights, mostly green. Kitchens smoking with fragrant aromas, beckoning guests to enter and eat. Clearly it was a celebration. And my heart was heavy seeing all this.
Why did they not visualize the heartache this day had brought; the sorrow that has shot through so many centuries, has been borne by so many people. The anguish of the companions who saw with their own eyes the light of their lives fade away before them. And they not able to say anything but … Innalillahi wa inna ilaihi rajioon.
The 12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal is the proven date of the rihlah of our beloved prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم. It is not the authentic date of his being born. Why then, do we totally ignore the grayer side of the coin and fix our attention on the gayer side? Because it is so much easier to be happy, to have an excuse to have fun. It is so much easier not to have to follow restrictions, it is so much easier to give in to the pleasures of life.
It is said that the heaviest sorrow that might befall a Muslim has already befallen. More than the grief of losing a parent, more than the anguish of a lost child, more than any hurt or humiliation is the loss of that one person from our lives … the passing away of Rasulullah صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم is the ultimate loss for a Muslim. Why not make this day a tribute to him? Why not take this as an opportunity to get to know him better? Why not start a journey stepping in his steps? Lets hope and pray this year brings a change in our attitudes and our lives and make us Muslims who bear heavy fruits of following the path of sunnah.