Rabī’ ul-Awwal – a very special month

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Thursday 21st October/15 Rabi ul Awwal 1443 H.

My chosen topic today is Rabī’ ul-Awwal – a very special month.

The 3rd month of the Islāmic calendar is a very special and blessed month. This is the month when the Best of the Creation of The Almighty came into this world. What an amazing 63 years our Holy Prophet, صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ‎, spent in this world.

Many houses up and down the country have adorned their windows, displaying a replica of the Footwear of the Beloved of Allāh, صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ‎. My message today is that let each and every one of us follow in the Footsteps of The Holy Prophet صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ‎.

If you are a father, then look at the father of Ḥaḍrat Fāṭimah, رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا‎. How did He, صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ‎, treat his children?

If you are a husband, then look at the husband of Ḥaḍrat Khadījah, رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا‎, and Ḥaḍrat ‘Ā’isha, رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا‎. How did He, صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ‎, care for his wives?

The month of Rabī’ ul-Awwal is not just for programmes on the Sīrah. It’s about reflecting upon the blessed Sīrah and trying to bring each and every Sunnah into our lives. So many Rabī’ ul-Awwal months have come and gone. Have we changed? Has it affected us? Is it just a few days of remembrance and then it’s all over?

Let this Rabī’ ul-Awwal be a life changer. The best way is to learn one Sunnah a day, and one small Ḥadīth. And then, to put into practice. How long will it take? Just a few minutes.

However, it will have an enormous impact on your life. The rewards you will receive are countless. More importantly, you will be displaying the real Islam in front of the host community. Our actions and words will leave a lasting impression upon them. It will bring them closer to our religion and remove the hatred.

Therefore, let’s start from today. One Sunnah and one Ḥadīth.

Almighty Allāh reward our Holy Prophet, the Mercy to mankind, صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ‎, with the highest of ranks and rewards, and enable us to do our best in not just displaying His Footwear, but following in His Footsteps, Āmeen.

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