Uphold the spirit of Eid-e-Miladunnabi
Today, we earnestly recall the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him), marking the day he was sent to us - the light of truth and the criterion between right and wrong that the Almighty had sent down to Mankind through him nearly 1449 years ago is more relevant than ever before.
The Prophet (PBUH) lived his life through setting examples for his followers, which we need to emulate more than ever today. Also, he preached before us the great egalitarian belief system of Islam, according to which all human beings, rich or poor, young or old, are equal before the Almighty, it is only one's submission to the will of Allah and a life lived in a totality of piety and truth in the service of mankind that sets one apart.
Essentially, his message of peace, harmony and universal brotherhood is more pertinent than ever, especially in this ruthless, apathetic world where the gulf between rich and poor are widening at an alarming speed. Moreover, the advent of violent extremism in its different shades and forms and distortion of the true teachings of Islam have seen a marked rise across the globe. In a world torn at the seams with an array of moral crises, what else but the teachings of love and compassion can deliver us from the morass?
The Prophet's life sets the guidelines for us to attain both worldly success and spiritual atonement. Indeed he was sent down to us as a mercy and the fitting way to show him respect is to follow his teachings as best as we can. On Eid-e-Miladunnabi we renew our pledge to uphold the values of truth, honesty and tolerance. Let us resolve to put an end to bigotry, discrimination and intolerance forever.
It is also an opportunity to study his approach to life, an approach that would serve as the model for all future Muslims -- embodying all the virtues required to be, first and foremost, a principled, dignified, and pious human being.
And it is a necessity, that we remember, now more so than ever, in an increasingly polarized world, the true teachings of Islam, and the words of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
We wish a meaningful and spiritually satisfying Eid-e-Miladunnabi to all our readers.