7th Mawlid Festival
7th Mawlid Festival 2020 – A Timeless Love
“A Timeless Love”, a phrase that carries significant meaning especially in relation to Allah’s relationship with His Beloved (ﷺ). Major dictionaries connote the word “timeless” to mean “not restricted to a particular time or date” or “lasting forever”. Such can be described of the love that Allah Almighty has for His Beloved, Prophet Muhammad, Allah’s Peace & Blessings be upon him.
The following hadith narration by the Prophet’s (ﷺ) companion, Jabir ibn Abdullah (ra), illustrates the timeless love of Allah for His most Beloved creation (ﷺ).
It is related that Jabir ibn `Abd Allah said to the Prophet : “O Messenger of Allah, may my father and mother be sacrificed for you, tell me of the first thing Allah created before all things.” He said: “O Jabir, the first thing Allah created was the light of your Prophet from His light, and that light remained (lit. “turned”) in the midst of His Power for as long as He wished, and there was not, at that time, a Tablet or a Pen or a Paradise or a Fire or an angel or a heaven or an earth. And when Allah wished to create creation, he divided that Light into four parts and from the first made the Pen, from the second the Tablet, from the third the Throne, [and from the fourth everything else].”
In another hadith, narrated by Sayyidina Umar ibn Al-Khattab (ra), the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said,
“When Adam sinned he said, O Allah! I ask for Your forgiveness for the sake of Muhammad (ﷺ).” Allah asked him, “How do you know Muhammad (ﷺ) when I have not yet created him?” He (Adam) said, “O Allah! After you created me and breathed into me of your soul, I raised my head and saw ‘There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah’ written on the Throne. I then came to know that You would not put anyone’s name next to Yours except the name of the one who is dearest to You from among creation.” Allah said, “O Adam! You have spoken the truth. Indeed, he [Muhammad] is the dearest to me from among all creation. Supplicate to me through his sake for indeed I have forgiven you. If it were not for Muhammad, I would not have created you”.
To further illustrate the timelessness of Allah’s relationship with His Beloved (ﷺ), the following hadith narrated by the Prophet Muhammad’s (ﷺ) companion, Abu Hurairah, explains:
“They said: ‘O Messenger of Allah (ﷺ)! When was the Prophethood established for you?’ He said: ‘While Adam was between (being) soul and body.’“
Allah’s immense love for Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) is also depicted in the Holy Qur’an in the way He addresses His Beloved (ﷺ). Allah did not call upon His Messenger (ﷺ) by his first and direct name “Muhammad”, whereas He addresses other prophets by their names such as Adam (as), Moses (as), John (as), Noah (as), and others.
In the Holy Qur’an, when Allah refers to the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), He uses endearing titles such as “Abdihi” (Allah’s servant), “Ya Ayyuha An-Nabiy” (O Prophet) or “Ya Ayyuha Mudathhir” (O you, wrapped in your cloak Qur’an 33:1). This indicates and signifies the Prophet’s noble status, and Allah’s Loving relationship with the best of His Creation. The only time that Allah referred to his first name, Muhammad, in the Holy Qur’an, was to establish and reiterate the Prophethood of Muhammad (ﷺ).
Allah Himself is the creator of time, and He has created Prophet Muhammad since time immemorial, the exact of which only He knows. But what we truly know is the exalted status of Prophet Muhammad, Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, and his family, and we know that he (ﷺ) is Allah’s Beloved. Hence, since Allah The Beneficent The Merciful showers His Divine Love and Affection upon Prophet Muhammad, then what is stopping us to be madly in love with Rasulullah, Sayyidina Muhammad, Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him, his family and companions. As Shaykh Mohamed Aslam says, “It’s a bid’ah (innovation) to not be madly in love with Rasūlullāh ﷺ. The greatest innovation which ever struck this ummah in the last 14 centuries was the desperate attempt to try and remove the love and devotion that the believers had in their hearts for the Messenger of Allah”. As-Sayyid As-Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, a world-renowned Islamic scholar and author, said,
“The birth of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) is the birth of Islam. Teach your children mahabbah an-Nabi (love for Prophet Muhammad) or else we are lost. We will be losers, and we will lose our identity. Our identity without Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) has no meaning. If we cannot say we are lovers of Prophet (ﷺ) then we have no identity”.