Maolid Nabiyy; Reflecting On The Teachings And Tenets Of The Noble Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
By Jubril Akintayo
As recognized across the whole wide World, Nigeria not an exception, this is a wonderful season, commemorating the birth of Noble Prophet Muhammad (saw). Saturday, the ninth day of November, 2019 marked the day this hero was born. Muslims all over the World recognize this day as a very special one of great note. This is not only because the man in question was the leader and originator of Islam, nor because he was a special creature, but because of the good things he exemplified. This is to talk of his days as a juvenile, adolescent and his pre-prophecy youth-hood. This article is intended to X-ray the sayings, deeds and other tendencies he was known for. Also it is meant to implore us all, as Muslims to understand the real motive for remembering the birth (Maolid) of our Noble Prophet (saw).
Approximately 570CE(Year Of Elephant), this star was born in the city of Mecca. Before his birth, there has been premonitions and messages from Allah Almighty about a special creature who would be the last prophet he will be sending as messenger to the surface of the earth. We have had many prophets sent to deliver the message of Allah Almighty, among whom were Prophets Adam, Ibrahim, Ismail, Yaqub, Ishak, Yusuff, Isa etc. Twenty four of them were mentioned in the Holy Quran and that made Prophet Muhammad the 25th prophet whose name was captured in the Quran.
There were so many others whose names were not mentioned in the Holy book. Before his birth, the noble Prophet Muhammad has been said by Allah Almighty to be the reason for the creation of heaven and earth. He was made the leader of all other prophets. I will not like to dwell much on that as it is not the reason behind this speech.
During his pre-partum days as foetus, his father Abdullahi died. His mother, Amina equally died when he was a juvenile. He was adopted by his uncle who also died untimely. Yet another relative adopted him. Here is the first point of reflection. The young prophet was not rejected by his relatives for the flimsy excuse that his earlier care givers died. Not knowing that he was going to be the most popular and influential human ever liveth, they accommodated him, took care of him and watched over him till he became an adult.
Here is a point to think about. How many orphan have you helped. How many are you helping. Is there no orphan related to you, that is languishing in extreme poverty? Do you think he’s a bad luck because his early adopters died after adopting him? Are you writing the young orphan off? Don’t you think he can be president of this nation. It is hightime we have corrected the anomalies of the past and turn a new leaf.
The fact that he’s in utmost destitution today does not make him a destitute forever. You never can tell the kind of shots the young orphan would call in the nearest future. The relatives of the noble Prophet Muhammad gave him a hand when he needed it most. They never left him all alone. They were there for him. Be there for the needy around you! Another point to note is that the prophet himself did not rule himself out. He was not a bit deterred by his travails, he rather forge ahead in his quest to make the World a better place. You cannot hide under the guise of orphanage and become lazy. The fact that you’re parents died does not stop you from making exploits in this World and hereafter.
Going forward, Prophet Muhammad (saw) received his first inspiration at the age of fourty. In other words, he became a Prophet when he attained the age of fourty. That conflates the sayings that life begins at fourty and ‘A fool at fourty, is a fool forever’ . But in the case of Prophet Muhammad, he has been spending his pre-fourty days as a prophet-worthy individual.
He was trustworthy, lovable, relatable, approachable, friendly, hardworking, oft-forgiving etc. He got every leadership qualities and wherewithal needed in a leader before he became a leader. He didn’t start becoming a leader when he was made a leader. He acquired leadership qualities all along his younger days. He was named Al-Ameen (The Trustworthy) because of his truthfulness and trustworthiness. He was said to be one who people entrusted in his care, their monies, properties, wards and the likes.
If you keep your money with Al-Ameen, you will have your money back, intact, anytime you choose to have it. ‘What virtue are you known for in your society? What do people in your household say about you. Are you a trustworthy hubby to your wife? Are you of good behavior to your neighbors? Are you an ideal father to your children? Ask yourself and make amends’.
He later worked as an herder with Khadijah (RA), the woman who later became his wife. In his days as an employee to Khadijah, he would make profit from the sales of cattle, reinvest it, multiply the profit and hand everything to his boss.
The boss, flabbergasted with his quality, decided to ensure he became her husband. Khadijah, having had two unsuccessful marriages, proposed to the noble Prophet, the proposal which he accepted. This is another landmark step of the noble Prophet which we are to reflect on. This man earned his greatest respect for being trustworthy. He was later given a special name for that. This same trustworthiness earned his alot of things from his boss, Khadijah, chief of which was marriage. Another point of reflection here is his marriage to Khadijah.
Khadijah was an older widow. Noble Prophet was 25 when he got married to a 40year old Khadijah who had had two unsuccessful marriage. First point to note about the marriage was that the prophet never saw a proposal from a woman as an anomaly. He accepted it and they got married. The modern world have made us believed that marriage proposal must come from a man. We have been conditioned to vilify a woman that proposes to a man. Proposal can come from either side. The paramount thing is existence of love between you. If you love her, accept her proposal. The fact that she proposed to you does not make him a lesser woman.
Another evil trend is about men pretending to be in love, accept proposal from a lady, only with the intent of having her carnal knowledge and eventually discard her like a piece of paper. You don’t need to accept her proposal if you really don’t love her. Simply and subtely tell her that you are not interested. Let her move on and search for love elsewhere. You don’t need to take advantage of her. That’s not what your Prophet taught you as a Muslim. It is also noteworthy that the prophet later got married to Aisha(RA) and other notable women among whom were hardliners, patient ones and the likes. That he was able to manage women of diverse behaviours without divorcing any of them is another point to note. Yes, your wife was born and raised in a home quite different from yours. Definitely, you cannot expect her to have attitudes of hundred percent similitude to yours. There has to be difference. There has to be diversity in the ways you handle situations. The level at which you are able to manage this diversity is what makes you a man. Divorce is not an option, except in an extreme situation.
At age 40, the noble Prophet took up prophethood. He received inspirations, teachings and leads from Allah almighty through the archangel Jubril (AS). He would never say a word or act unless he received directives from his Lord. He was loyal and obedient, even as a prophet and the leader of retinue of personalities. Gradually and painstakingly he built the Ummah(Muslim folks). In the same vein, he removed idolatry and converted the idolaters to Islam. He did all these with a lot of patience and goodwill. So many people accepted Islam because of the good behavior of the prophet. He was an exemplary leader whose everyday living attracted a whole lot of people to Islam. He never enforced the religion on anyone, neither did he foist his teachings on them, he simply expressed it to them in sayings and deeds. He walked the talk and got people attracted to him. Here we are, what is it that endears you to people around you. As a Muslim, can a non-Muslim accept Islam because of you? Do you have the attitude that glorifies Islam? Do you act what you preach? Are you following the tenets of the noble Prophet? Quite alright, we know none of us can ever be like the Prophet but we equally know we can imitate him to a large extent.
Another lesson here is about his movement from his native land, Mecca to Medina. At the early stage of his prophethood, he was persecuted by idolaters who felt threatened by his growing popularity. They did alot of evils to him but he kept repaying them with good deeds.
This indeed made lot of idol worshippers switched to Islam. But at a volatile point when these enemies had a grand plan overnight to kill him. He was instructed by Allah to leave Mecca for Medina that same night. An instruction he obliged immediately. He informed his followers and they embarked on the journey immediately. He was not beclouded by the power he wielded at that time. He never grandstood. He simply obliged and moved away from danger zone. On entering medinah, the people there were all waiting to receive the ‘son they wish they had’ in open arms with lots of love.
They received him and submitted to his leadership. They did these to the envy of the people of mecca who later came to appeal to him to return to Mecca. One important point of note here is that the prophet left the danger zone for the fear of murder, looking for a place to hide as a refugee, not knowing that a larger coast awaited him in Medina. This is to tell you that the job you lost today might be a mere prelude to a greater one. The fact that you’re rejected somewhere might just be a needed push to your waiting greatness. So don’t be deterred when you accompany an impediment, sail further, your island might be few metres away.
It is equally important to state that all these journey of prophethood were made easy by the caliber of people the prophet had around him – The Sahabas. They were top quality people who gave everything they had for the propagation of Islam. Their wealth, their powers, their families, their properties and what have you. The question you should ask yourself now is what sort of Sahaba are you. Are you Abubakar (the one who gave his humongous wealth up for Islam) Are you the Sahaba who gave half of his wealth for Islam (I forget his name) Are you Umar who used his physical power to propagate Islam? Are you Ali who used his ingenuity for Islam or you’re Usman who gave up all his time towards propagating Islam? Which of the tabiheens can you compare yourself with? What are you doing to help advance your mosque? When last did you partake in the fisebililahi donations? How much did you give? Does your conscience judge the amount you put in the fisebililahi mosque right? What would you make of the #5 #10 and #20 you dropped in the box? What exactly are you doing to qualify you as bonafide adherent of Islam, apart from daily Solats?
You cannot just carry the name Muslim on your head like Afro and believe all is well. No! All is not well until You behavior, antics and attitudes are in tandem with the tenets of our Noble Prophet (SAW). Above are some of the teachings we should abide by and relate with one another as Muslims, in commemoration of the birth of our dear Prophet. It’s not funfair. It is not singing and dancing. It is not merry-making. He never did all these while alive neither did any of the notable caliphs do it in their lifetime. He remembered his birth by fasting on Mondays. He equally fasted on Thursdays. The essential Maolid is the reflection on his tenets and teachings.
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