Rabbi ul Awwal is considered to be the holiest month in the Islamic Calendar as it carries significant importance of Allah Almighty’s blessing since our Dear Holy Prophet (SAW) was born in this very month. Muslims around the globe anxiously wait for Eid Milad un Nabi aka 12th Rabbi ul Awwal to celebrate our Prophet (SAW) birthday.
In order to understand Rabbi ul Awwal, we must dive into the meaning of these words:
Ul Awwal: The first
If we place these words across each other information we see Rabbi ul Awwal means The first Spring which symbolizes the arrival of new hope, happiness and content after winter sadness.
When Rabbi ul Awwal starts, Muslims all over the world tend to celebrate Eid Milad Un Nabi in their own way. Different people celebrate in different ways according to their culture and traditions.
Here is what Islam says about celebrating Eid Milad Un Nabi:
- Birthday Celebration:
Birthday celebration are so common in today’s time that not celebrating them makes you the odd one out. For over so many years, no Muslim Caliph/Scholar had any idea what birthdays are or ever celebrated birthdays. The idea of celebrating a birthday is nowhere to be seen in Islam because it has always been non-existent.
People joyously celebrating Eid Milad Un Nabi and holding Milads are known as Bid-dah. Clearly, it is an innovation that must be stopped at once.
Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would praise Allah in his sermon as He deserves to be praised and then he would say, “Whoever Allah guides, no one can lead him astray. Whoever Allah sends astray, no one can guide him. The truest word is the Book of Allah and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad. The evilest matters are those that are newly invented (in the religion), for every newly invented matter is an innovation. Every innovation is misguidance and every misguidance is in the Hellfire.”
- Waste of Money:
If you think that you spending money in the name of Eid Milad Un Nabi will help score you some reward then you are absolutely wrong, it is like spending money on any other birthday event that helps your name be written in the good books of everyone
(And give to the kindred his due and to the Miskin (poor) and to the wayfarer. But spend not wastefully (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift .* Verily, spendthrifts are brothers of the Shayatin (devils), and the Shaitan (Devil-Satan) is ever ungrateful to his Lord.) [Al-Isra, 17:26-27]
- Extravagant celebrations:
On this day, Muslim should really be saying their Durood on their Prophet (SAW) instead of lightening up their homes, lightening up Diyas and blasting the speaker with Naats. Islam hasn’t anywhere asked Muslims to rejoice Prophet’s (SAW) Birthday anywhere so why is this even existing in the Muslim world.
The righteous are “those who, when they spend, do so not excessively or sparingly but are ever, between that, [justly] moderate.” [Quran 25:67]