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The last and the best of mankind

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12 Rabi-ul-Awwal is an occasion of rare festivities and religious zeal when Muslims around the world celebrate the birth of our holy Prophet Muhammad (peace_be_upon_him) also known as Eid Milad-un-Nabi . Although Eid Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated by the vast majority, there are some strange voices that not only qualify the celebration as bid’a or shirk, but also raise eyebrows on the validity of the day as as 3rd Eid for Muslims. The answer is simple. Eid Milad-un-Nabi is neither a Bid’a nor an addition to the prescribed Eid of Adhaa and Fitr. Instead, it’s a matter of language. In Arabic, the translation of the word birthday is “Eid Milad”. As it is Nabi’s birthday, his name is Eid Milad-un-Nabi. It is not the question of two or three Eids but a linguistic question that many people ignore. There is also Quranic evidence that the birthdays of the prophets (peace be upon them) are declared blessed days by Allah and the prophets themselves. For example, Sura Maryam Ayat 15 says, “So peace be upon him (Yahya Alaihissalam) on the day he is born, the day he dies and the day he is resurrected (again)!” Likewise, Ayat 33 of Sura says, “Then peace is upon me (Eesa Alaihissalam) on the day I was born, the day I die and the day I rise (again)!” It is undeniable that the beliefs, values ​​and ideas of religious traditions have made and will continue to make significant contributions to the development of human societies and cultures. It is a widely recognized fact that religion provides a frame of reference for understanding the world and for guiding personal and community action.

It is the realization of this fact that the government of Pakistan is making efforts to put the country on the path of “Riasat-e-Madina” and to this end, announces the Rehmat-ul-Lil-Aalamin Authority (PBUH) by Prime Minister Imran Khan is indeed a landmark development. Unfortunately, both ideas have been traditionally targeted by opponents, which makes it even more important to stress why such authority and a concept of welfare state is imperative in today’s world. At a recent Rehmat-ul-Lil-Aalamin (PBUH) conference he addressed as the main guest, PM IK announced the formation of the authority of Rehmat-ul-Lil-Aalamin (PBUH ) including religious scholars. Some stated objectives of authority are; disseminate the teachings of the Prophet (pbuh) among children and adults and make them relevant in their lives, educate the world about the life of the Prophet (pbuh) and that Islam is a religion of mankind, promote a culture of fairness and accountability. monitor the school curriculum and lessons on the Biography of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), teach other religions such as Hinduism[ism] and sikh[ism] side by side while all religions speak of humanity. promote research in universities on the causes of the sudden rise of Muslims after the arrival of Islam, as well as the analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of Western culture, monitoring the media, including all media , from print media to social media; development of media content to introduce Islamic culture to our children.

It is undeniable that the beliefs, values ​​and ideas of religious traditions have made and will continue to make significant contributions to the development of human societies and cultures.

Religion is a system of sacred beliefs and practices in both tangible and intangible form. It can fulfill the dual role of ideology and institution. It acts as a socialization agency. Thus, religion helps to build values ​​like love, empathy, respect and harmony. Islam has established a clear system of worship, laws on the way of life, civil rights, political rights, social issues and rights, laws on marriage and divorce, inheritance rights and all the rest. that we deal with in our daily life. Islam is a complete code of life and its teachings transcend all times and all climates. They have universal appeal and are relevant in our daily life, even today. They will continue to act as a beacon of light and guidance until eternity. On the other hand, the so-called glory and glow of the West is on the wane. Patrick J. Buchnan in his book “The Death of the West” underlines that the West is dying. Western civilization, culture, and moral order are disappearing and foreseeing a new world order that has terrifying implications for our freedom, our faith, and the preeminence of American democracy. Glenn Dinesen’s book “The Decay of Western Civilization and Resurgence of Russia: Between Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft” points out that Europe / Western civilization is at a critical juncture due to the imbalance between civic nationalism (liberalism / modern society). ) and ethnocultural and religious values ​​(traditional community). In trying to exist solely on civic nationalism, Europe has gone astray. A concept article highlighting the causes of state collapse said: “For the Ming, Mughal, Roman and Venetian states, what began with exuberant phases of intense state-building efforts have come to pass. ended when leaders inexplicably undermined core values ​​and practices. As a result, the societal threads of effective cooperation and security have been torn apart, and once prosperous nations and empires have been exposed to the dual threat of invasion and decline. Ben Ryan in his book “How the West Was Lost” argued that the EU’s lack of values ​​or appeals to humanity is symptomatic of the decline of the West. “The EU has lost the ability to articulate a moral endpoint that resonates with its citizens. The economic means of the 1950s have become the political ends of the 2010s. ”Likewise, the EU is also in decline. Civil strife in France is worsening month by month as the emergence of populist parties in Germany, Italy, Spain and Hungary suggests the road ahead will be rocky and tumultuous.

With this in mind, the official 10-day Eid-Milad-un-Nabi celebrations are a welcome development and a step in the right direction in a society that has polarized along religious lines. . The Rehmat-ul-Lil-Aalamin Authority Formation (PBUH) is a great initiative to address any challenges facing the Muslim world in general, including Islamophobia. As Muslims, we must thank our lucky stars for being eternally blessed to have Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) as a guide, role model and benefactor. His life and his ways are the best model available to us which, if implemented, can chart a course of progress, growth and well-being for the state and society of Pakistan in particular and the world. Muslim in general. Following the path of the Sunnah under the guidance of enlightened and moderate scholars around the world, will serve as an appropriate response to hostile states that are working to divide Muslims around the world along sectarian lines. Criticism of ideas like the authority of Rehmat-ul-Lil-Aalamin (PBUH) or Riasat-e-Madina exposes its own hypocrisies in the name of religion and Islam which ultimately give opponents reasons to exploit and to use Muslims against each other.

Therefore, it can be safely deduced that PM IK’s initiative is an important step towards restoring the values ​​of equity and justice in a society with a critical emphasis on the Muslim religious code, including practices such as charitable gifts, prayer and honor of one’s parents are virtually identical to those of Christianity and Judaism. But Western conservatives are promoting fear-mongering notions of a nearly 1,500-year-old religion for a variety of sinister political, financial and ideological motives. The Rehmat-ul-Lil-Aalamin (PBUH) initiative is and would be a rational response to such propaganda in the days to come. It is time that through our actions and our statements we must prove that we are the proud offspring of the last and the best of all prophets – Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) sent to guide mankind. By all means, it bears the seal of the Prophet. We firmly believe that only by following his glorious footsteps and eternal teachings can we shape our lives to get the best of both worlds. The sooner we realize our rare privilege and its compelling imperatives, the better. Let’s talk about our actions!

The writer is a public servant by profession, writer by choice and motivational speaker by passion!



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