As the radiant month of Rabiul Awal graces our calendars, Muslims’ hearts brim with boundless joy and deep respect and admiration as we commemorate the birth month of the beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
During this month, Muslims commemorate his birth and reflect on his life, teachings, and exemplary character. In this month’s blog, we will explore the significance of Rabiul Awal and suggestions by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) to welcoming the month of Rabiul Awal, explore the multifaceted personality of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, and reflect on the poetic expressions of Habib Ali al-Habashi that beautifully encapsulate his noble qualities.
The Significance of Rabiul Awal
Rabi al-Awal is important in the Islamic calendar because it’s associated with several significant events. They include:
- Birth of the Prophet – Though the exact date varies in historical accounts, many believe he was born on the 12th of Rabiul-Awal. His birth brought humanity a divine blessing, accompanied by miraculous events, including a radiant light during his mother’s pregnancy.
- The Hijrah – During this month, the Prophet ﷺ and Saidina Abu Bakr migrated from Makkah to Madinah. This event is so significant that the Islamic calendar starts from it, marking a new beginning for the Muslim community.
- The Passing of the Prophet – In the 11th year of the Islamic calendar in Rabiul-Awal, the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ passed away, which resulted in moments of deep grief and reflection for the Muslim community, as they mourned his loss and the end of divine revelation.
Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz’s Suggestions
Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah protect him and benefit us by him) offers valuable suggestions on welcoming the month of Rabiul Awal with devotion and sincerity guiding us believers to make the most of this blessed month:
- Increasing our Salawat – Habib Umar emphasizes increasing our salutations upon the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ throughout Rabiul Awal to invoke peace and blessings upon the Prophet. This act of remembrance not only brings spiritual rewards but also strengthens one’s connection to the Prophet’s noble character.
- Reflecting on the Prophet’s Life – Use this month as an opportunity to explore the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Study his biography, read books that narrate his sayings and actions, and reflect on the lessons that can be drawn from his life. Understanding his character and mission in life can inspire Muslims to embody his qualities in their lives.
- Acts of Kindness and Charity – Emulate the Prophet’s compassion and generosity by engaging in acts of kindness and charity. Extending a helping hand to those in need, supporting charitable causes, and practicing giving without expecting anything in return, reflects the spirit of love and compassion that the Prophet exemplified.
- Renew Commitment to the Sunnah – Rabiul Awal is an excellent time to renew one’s commitment to following the Sunnah (the way of the Prophet). Strive to implement his teachings and practices in your daily routine and this includes acts of worship, ethics, and interactions with others.
- Gather for Commemorative Events – Participate in gatherings and events that commemorate the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ . Attend lectures, conferences, or community events where scholars discuss his noble character and the relevance of his message in today’s world.
- Seek Forgiveness and Repentance – Take this opportunity to seek forgiveness for past sins and shortcomings. Repent sincerely and resolve to lead a life more aligned with the teachings of Islam. The Prophet himself encouraged seeking forgiveness and turning to Allah in repentance frequently.
- Share Knowledge and Love – Share the knowledge and love of the Prophet (peace be upon him) with others. Engage in discussions about his life and message with family, friends, and community members. Promote unity and harmony among Muslims by focusing on their shared love for the Prophet.
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ as a Leader, Father, Guide, Doctor, and Teacher
The multifaceted personality of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ goes beyond his role as a prophet. He was a remarkable leader who transformed history, a loving father who cared for his Ummah, a wise guide who illuminated the path to righteousness, a compassionate doctor who healed the afflicted, and a patient teacher who imparted wisdom to humanity.
Habib Ali al-Habashi poetically encapsulates the noble qualities of our beloved Prophet ﷺ. In his verses, he describes the Prophet as a compassionate father, a doctor who heals the sick, a guide who leads the ignorant toward knowledge, and a teacher who imparts the wisdom of living a life in accordance with Allah’s guidance.
The Prophet’s mission was not merely to convey a message but to transform hearts and souls. He led with love, nurtured with compassion, guided with wisdom, healed with supplication, and taught with patience. His legacy continues to illuminate the path for all of humanity, inspiring us to embody his noble qualities and teachings in our lives.
Rabiul Awal is a month filled with blessings and an opportunity for Muslims to draw closer to their beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Habib Umar bin Hafiz’s suggestions offer a valuable roadmap for believers to make the most of this sacred month.
By increasing their devotion, reflecting on the Prophet’s life, practicing acts of kindness, and renewing their commitment to his teachings, Muslims can truly welcome Rabiul Awal with sincerity and love. May this month bring spiritual growth, blessings, and a deepened connection to the Prophet for all believers.