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Good Intentions in Commemorating the Mawlid
By: Al-Imam al-Hafiz Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti. An excellent treatise on the validity of celebrating the Prophetic birth.
Good Intentions in Commemorating the Mawlid.pdf (527.37KB)
Good Intentions in Commemorating the Mawlid
By: Al-Imam al-Hafiz Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti. An excellent treatise on the validity of celebrating the Prophetic birth.
Good Intentions in Commemorating the Mawlid.pdf (527.37KB)







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Qur'anic Verses in Praise of the Prophet:

“Say, I’m a man like you; I receive revelation that your God is one God.”

– Surah Kahf (18), Verse 110

Those with no insight use this verse to prove that the Prophet is an ordinary man, but when it’s read with the light of faith, it’s seen as his praise.

Lesson 1
Everyone knows that the Prophet was a man, so what’s the intent behind the verse?

Answer – People saw the previous Prophets performing miracles and exaggerated their status, taking them to be the sons of Allah, etc. Conversely, some tried to diminish their status by referring to them as ordinary men,
 
“They said, ‘You are not but men like us.’” – Surah Yasin (36), Verse 15
 
Islam wants to protect us from both extremes. The Prophet performed greater miracles than those before him, so there was an apprehension that he’d also be taken as ‘God’ or ‘the son of God’. Thus, he proclaimed and displayed his servitude to Allah at every juncture. We testify to this every day in our Salah.

However, in the second part of the verse (“I receive revelation”), we learn that though he’s a man, he isn’t an ordinary one because he comes with the qualities of prophethood.

Lesson 2
Even though the Prophet called himself a man, we are not allowed to address him with ordinary titles. This is why Allah said ‘Say’ in the beginning, i.e., O My Nabi, *you tell them* in humility that you’re a man like them, but they are not permitted to address you in that way,
 
“Don’t address the Messenger as you would call one another.” – Surah Nūr (24), Verse 63

Addressing someone with ordinary titles is disrespectful. No one says ‘O man’ to their father or calls out to their mother with ‘O wife of my father’. The same applies to our Nabi. Allah _Himself_ didn’t address him in the Quran with ordinary titles!

Lesson 3 
The Prophet may be a human like us, but he’s also different from us in many ways,
 
1. He’s the Messenger and we are his followers.

2. He had to read six Salaah while we read only five.

3. We may have only four wives at a time while he could have as many as he wished.

4. He is the Mercy to the Worlds and we are not.

5. We are believers, while he is _belief itself_. To reject him makes one a disbeliever, etc.
 
He is as different to us as Allah’s light is to the light of a lamp,
 
“The likeness of Allah’s light is like a niche within which is a lamp.” – Surah Nūr (24), Verse 35
 
And Allah and His Messenger know best.
 
Extracted from ‘*The Beloved’s Majesty*’, translation of _Shaan’e-Habībur-Rahmān_ by Mufti Ahmad Yaar Khan Na’eemi (verse 48 of 103 in book).

Omar Sayed

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