SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala sent his final and beloved Prophet
SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam to this world in the blessed month
of Rabi’ al-Awwal. The arrival of the Beloved Messenger
SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam to this world is the greatest gift
from the gifts of Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala. The Noble Qur’an,
in several places, teaches us to mention the gifts of Allah
SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala immensely and that we should express joy and
happiness due to them and we should thank Allah SubHanuhu wa
Ta'ala for the gifts bestowed upon us. Thus, on the occasion of
the blessed month of Rabi’ al-Awwal, Eid Milad of the Prophet
SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam is celebrated throughout the Islamic
World. Let us also celebrate the birth of the Beloved Master
SallAllaho Alaihi wa Sallam and thus express joy and happiness
for this great bounty that Allah SubHanuhu wa Ta'ala has
bestowed upon us.
some advices regarding preparations for Rabi' al-Awwal Sharif
from Shaykh Habib Umar bin Muhammad bin Salem Bin Hafiz (may
Allah preserve him) that he delivered while answering to the
Is any special formula of
prayer upon the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him
peace) that we should read during Rabi` al-Awwal?
He said that there is no doubt that this is the month of
bestowing prayers upon the Prophet (may Allah bless him and
grant him peace). Many of the pious of the Ummah are united with
the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) in this
month. Any formula that we read is beneficial. You benefit
according to the degree to which your heart is filled with the
intention of obeying the command (to bestow prayers upon him)
and love, longing and veneration for him. Read whatever formula
you know and while doing so ask Allah to relieve the suffering
of the Muslims.
Habib `Ali bin Salim al-Ada`j bin Shaykh Abu Bakr bin Salim saw
the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace)
at the blessed shubbak (the grille in front of his grave) and
asked him to teach him a formula to read. He told him to read:
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ على
سَيِّدِنا مُحَمَّدٍ حَبِيبِ الرَّحْمَنْ عَدَدَ ما يَكوُن و
ما قَدْ كَانْ
“O Allah, bestow Your prayers upon our Master Muhammad,
the Beloved of the Most Compassionate to the number of
things that will be and that were.”
What is the most beautiful
gift that someone can give to the Messenger of Allah in the
month of Rabi` al-Awwal?
In reality we are unable to benefit him in any way but what
pleases him is for us to understand his speech and his teachings
and through that to attain high stations. He is thus content
with that which benefits us.
One of the greatest of those things (as we understand from the
Book and the Sunnah) is for us to be a means of guidance for
someone. That person may be a non-Muslim who accepts Islam or a
disobedient or heedless Muslim who repents and becomes upright.
Another thing is giving life to his Sunnah and establishing it.
If we establish the Sunnah in our homes and teach it to our
children this makes him happy because it us that benefit from
this. He said in the hadith: “Whoever brings life to my Sunnah
during the time of corruption of my Ummah will have the reward
of a martyr” (or in one narration “one hundred martyrs”).
Another thing is to do good to the creation in general, to the
believers specifically, and the elite of the believers more
A further thing is to strengthen our love for the believers, for
the people of the Prophetic Household and for the Companions.
Finally, we should make big intentions in Rabi’ al-Awwal, such
as gathering together with our brothers and attending or
arranging lessons or courses.
How can we inspire people to long
for the Messenger of Allah?
By mentioning his virtues, qualities and his life.
By embodying his character and his dealing.
By deepening our love, longing and veneration for him.
If such a person speaks he will have such an effect on those
listening such that they begin to long for the Messenger of
Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace).
Ustadh Amin Buxton
at Dar al-Mustafa on 27th Safar 1433 / 21st January 2012