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What’s the point of Milad-un-Nabi?

I know this is a very sensitive discussion, nevertheless, I have decided to write on this topic. First of all, I would like to make it very clear that I am not coming from a sectarian point of view; the debate about the permissibility of celebrating Milad-un-Nabi is not exactly my forte.  So rest assured, this is not a sectarian rant. However, this is an analysis on those who celebrate this festival.

Before I explain my analysis, I would like to summarise the character and behaviour of our noble prophet (saw).

Even before prophethood, Muhammad (saw) was a man deeply concerned about the oppressed and downtrodden amongst society. Tribalism had led to many injustices within society, specifically to women, orphans and the poor. With the advent of Islam, our Prophets (saw) zeal to help humanity increased. Let us not forget, one of the very first tasks of the Prophet (saw) was to stop the burial of female infants.

The Prophet (saw) was a living manifestation of the Quran. His entire character was moulded by the teachings of the Quran. His mission on earth resonated with his innate desire to help humanity, to implement justice; “[Prophet] Say, ‘I believe in whatever Scripture God has sent down. I am commanded to bring justice between you.'” [42:15]

The prophet (saw) further epitomised this with the following hadith: “Not one of you truly believes until he wants for his brother what he wants for himself.” The prophet (saw) acted upon this Hadith to such an extent, that he constantly used to cry for his Ummah.

Yet today, when that very same Ummah is undergoing genocide, ethnic cleansing and mass murder, we turn a blind eye to it. We are ready to dress, eat, sleep and walk like the prophet (saw), yet refuse to act upon the mission of establishing justice which he was sent with. We are ready to celebrate his birthday out of the love we have for our Prophet, yet we ignore the very Ummah he loved most.

And this is what bothers me; every year I see thousands upon thousands of people gather to celebrate the birth of Muhammad (saw) yet refuse to defend the Ummah of our beloved prophet. They are ready to celebrate Milad-un-Nabi, yet they ignore the cries of the oppressed and the command of God: “Why should you not fight in God’s cause and for those oppressed men, women, and children, who cry out, ‘Lord, rescue us from this town whose people are oppressors! By your grace, give us a protector and give us a helper!” [4:75]

It is not enough to just make Dua; we must tie our camel first as per the Hadith of our Prophet (saw). It is not enough we give our Zakat, these are specific commands that do not override other obligations from God that command us to fight oppression and uphold justice.

Though I am not here to argue whether celebrating Milad un-Nabi is right or wrong, I cannot comprehend why those who claim to love Muhammad (saw), refuse to act upon the greatest Sunnah of all time; to uphold justice,  “We sent the Messengers, with clear signs, the scriptures and the balance, so that people can uphold justice.” [57:25]

My intention is not to offend those who believe in celebrating Milad-un-Nabi. My intention is to awaken those who profess to love our prophet (saw), to the plight of his Ummah. Because those who celebrate the day the greatest man to ever walk the earth was born, cannot claim to love him, unless they are continuing the mission he left us with.

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