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Rabi' Ul-Awwal

What Is Rabi'Ul-Awwal?

The blessed month of Rabi’ Ul-Awwal is an important month in the Islamic Calendar as it marks the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).


- From Superstitions into Light 

- Islamic Celebrations 

- No Birthdays 

- The Origins of Christmas 

- Original Islamic Resources 

- What is Wrong with These Celebrations 

- The Transformation of Christmas 

- The Religion is Complete 

- Disagreement About Date 

- Contemporary Seerah Meetings and Shariah 

- Real Message of Seerah


From Superstitions into Light

- Rabi'ul-Awwal is the most significant month in the Islamic history, because    humanity has been blessed in this month by the birth of the Holy Prophet    Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. Before the birth of the Holy Prophet, Sall-  Allahu alayhi wa sallam, not only the Arabian peninsula, but also the so-called  civilized nations of Rome and Persia were drowned in the darkness of ignorance,  superstitions, oppression and unrest. The Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam,  came with the eternal truth of Tawhid (Oneness of Allah), the only faith which  provides a firm basis for the real concepts of knowledge, equity and peace. It was  this faith which delivered humanity from ignorance and superstitions and spread  the light of true knowledge all over the world.


Islamic Celebrations 

-Thus the birth of the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, was the most  significant and the most remarkable event in human history. Had there been room  in Islamic teachings for the celebration of birthdays or anniversaries, the birthday of  the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, would have undoubtedly deserved it  more than the birthday of any other person. But that is against the nature of Islamic  teachings. That is why, unlike Judaism, Christianity, and Hinduism, there are very few  festivals in Islam, which provides for only two Eids (Eidul-fitr and Eidul-Adha) during  the whole year. The dates of these two Eids do not correspond to the birthday of any  of the outstanding persons of Islamic history, nor can their origin be attributed to  any particular event of history that had happened in these dates.

-Both of these two Eids have been prescribed for paying gratitude to Allah on some  happy events that take place every year. The first event is the completion of the    fasts of Ramadan and the second event is the completion of Hajj, another form of worship regarded as one of the five pillars of Islam.


No Birthdays

- On the other hand, Islam has not prescribed any festival for the  birthday of any  person, however great or significant he may be. The prophets of  Allah are the  persons of the highest status amongst all human beings. But the Holy  Prophet, Sall-  Allahu alayhi wa sallam, or his noble companions never observed the  birthday or  anniversary of any of them. Even the birthday of the Holy Prophet, Sall-  Allahu  alayhi wa sallam, which was the most happy day for the whole mankind was  never  celebrated by the Holy Prophet, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, himself, nor by  his  blessed Companions.


The Origins of Christmas 

-In fact, commemorating the birth of a distinguished person has never been  prescribed by any religion attributing itself to divine revelation. It was originally a  custom prevalent in pagan communities only. Even Christmas, the famous  Christian feast commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ finds no mention in the  Bible or in the early Christian writings. It was only in the 4th century after the  ascension of Jesus Christ that Christmas was recognized as a regular Christian  feast. To quote the Collier's Encyclopedia:

-"It is impossible to determine the exact date of the birth of Christ, either from the  evidence of the gospels, or from any sound tradition. During the first three centuries  of the Christian era there was considerable opposition in the Church to the pagan  custom of celebrating birthdays, although there is some indication that a purely  religious commemoration of the birth of Christ was included in the feast of  Epiphany.  Clement of Alexandria mentions the existence of the feast in Egypt about  the year  A.D. 200 and we have some evidence that it was observed on various  dates in scattered areas. After the triumph of Constantine, the Church at Rome  assigned December 25 as the date for the celebration of the feast, possibly about  A.D. 320 or 353. By the end of the fourth century the whole Christian world was  celebrating Christmas on that day, with the exception of the Eastern Churches,  where it was celebrated on January 6. The choice of December 25 was probably  influenced by the fact that on this day the Romans celebrated the Mithraic feast of  the Sun-god, and that the Saturnalia also came at this time." (Collier's Encyclopedia  1984 ed, v. 6, p. 403).