Assalaamualaikum Wr. Wb.
Say, [O Muhammad], “Shall we [believers] inform you of the greatest losers as to [their] deeds? [They are] those whose effort is lost in worldly life, while they think that they are doing well in work.” (Surah al-Kahf: 103-104)
With the heated debate on the permissibility of Mawlid, I can’t just sit back but feel sad that this is the one particular subject that can divide the Ummah. Friendships become strained because of the differences in opinion about Mawlid. Some just choose to remain mum about it as if it’s a taboo topic. At the same time I’ve seen people who are pro-Mawlid saying “if you don’t agree with Mawlid, then just keep your mouth shut and keep your opinion to yourself!”. I feel that is a totally wrong approach in no matter what issue (especially religious issues) and we need to discuss it in the most gracious manner (An-Nahl: 125).
The argument for Mawlid is that it sparks the love for Rasulullah SAW. I love Rasulullah SAW, just like you do. In all honesty, I am not a Mawlid goer but these are what I truly wish to see in Mawlid events…
I wish in Mawlid there will be more stories about our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW. We often say,”We love Rasulullah!” But… do we even know his life story? His battles, his struggles, his calamaties that he endured for us? How about his achievements, which should illuminate the hearts of believers? How can we love someone without knowing his background? Why exactly he’s a great man and what has he done for the Ummah?
I wish in Mawlid we learn the steps on how to take precautionary measures not to lie about Prophet Muhammad SAW aka his hadith. It takes a certain level of knowledge to recognise ahadith (pl. for hadith) that are Sahih (true) from the many many Dhoif (weak) and Maudu’ (fabricated/ false) ones. To know the authenticity of a hadith, we may even need someone who specialises in this field to authenticate it. In this age of fitnah, it is easy for someone to make up a hadith. Although the content of the “hadith” may look sound and wonderful, but that doesn’t mean that it’s okay to back it up with our Prophet Muhammad SAW’s name. So for us to truly show our love towards our beloved Prophet SAW, we must be careful when sharing a hadith cz spreading a false hadith means that we’re lying about him. I don’t think anyone would like it when he/she is being lied upon. And for that, we need knowledge.
I wish in Mawlid there won’t be a mix of entertainment and Selawat. It’s saddening when some of us have our preferred Selawat over another just because the music is nicer than the other. We attend Mawlid because we want to Selawat upon our beloved Prophet SAW. Hence, I wish that Mawlid will teach supplications that were taught by the man himself, Prophet Muhammad SAW. There are so many of it, we won’t run out of it insyaAllah. Hisnul Muslim (Fortress of a Muslim) is a classic example.
I wish in Mawlid we glorify Allah by reading the Qur’an more and contemplate on its meanings. In the end, what our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW did in his lifetime was to glorify Allah alone and do everything for His sake. If we love him, we will do what he did, right? I’m just afraid there will come a point of time whereby when there’s Majlis Reciting Qur’an and Majlis Maulid happening concurrently, the latter receives a lot more crowd.
I wish after Mawlid, we will be able to emulate Prophet Muhammad SAW’s characteristics in our daily lives. Rasulullah SAW is the best interpreter of the Quran and his exalted standard of character (68:4) should be followed by every Muslim. Although it’s impossible to be like him, we can still try our best to emulate his characters. He did everything out of his love for Islam and not even once he did something based on his self interest. If we can’t fight our desires for the sake of this religion, how insincere our love is for Rasulullah SAW and Allah SWT?
I wish Mawlid could unite the Ummah. As we already know, some of our brothers and sisters do not support the idea of Mawlid. We should take into consideration about this group. If we love our own brothers just like how we love ourselves, we shouldn’t leave anyone behind. We shouldn’t label anyone – Salafi, Wahabi, Sufi etc. We are Muslims. We should try our best to create an event that will unite the Ummah so that we will be strong as ONE and nothing could shake us.
Lastly, I wish that we do what Rasulullah SAW did and leave whatever he has never practised. After all, isn’t that the best way to love him?
For a start, to truly show our love towards our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW, we should start grabbing a book about the life of our Prophet (peace be upon him). Immerse ourselves into history. Don’t only read it as texts, feel how it’s like being in his shoes. He’s a human being; just like you and I. His struggles and achievements were all real. Imitate his footsteps. There’s so much to learn about and from him.
Book recommendations: The Sealed Nectar by Sheikh Mubarakfuri, The Noble Life of the Prophet by Dr Ali as-Solaby
People may justify Mawlid by saying that it’s the easiest and most effective way to attract the younger generations to come back to Islam. But my dear brothers and sisters in faith, if it is that easy to bring people back into Islam, then why we have never heard of Rasulullah SAW doing it? If it’s very effective, then why wouldn’t he start Majlis Zikr knowing that the Pagan Arabs’ lifestyle were nothing but mere entertainment? Are we underestimating the wisdom of the most perfect person ever created?
“…This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion…” [al-Maa’idah 5:3]
By this, I only wish our Ummah can join hands to be united again. If our Mawlid still disunite us, then ask ourselves, do we really love the Prophet and his teachings or we love our events and our singings?
Forgive me if I’ve offended anyone. I have no intention at all to spark any argument. I just wish to stop the labelling and I wish for all of us to start being proud by calling ourselves Muslims who follow the Qur’an and our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW’s Sunnah as close as possible, InsyaAllah.