MANILA, Philippines — The Muslim world is commemorating Maulidin Nabi, the Birth Date of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) on February 5, 2012. Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad was a messenger of Allah (Arabic for The One and Only God) and last of the prophets sent by Allah to guide man to the right path.
The Prophet Muhammad, whose name means “highly praised,” was born in the City of Mecca, in Arabia, on the 17th day of the lunar month of Rabi’-l l in the year 570. His full name was Abu al-Qasim Muhammad Ibn Abd Allah Ibn Abd al-Muttalib Ibn Hashim. His father Abdullah died several weeks before his birth and his mother Aminah died when he was six years old. He was raised by his grandfather Abd al Muttalib and, after his grandfather’s death, by his uncle Abu Talib. Muhammad grew up to become a fine young man, and came to be referred to as al-Saadiq (The Truthful One) and al-Amin (The Trustworthy One). As an adult, Muhammad worked as a trader between the cities of Mecca and Damascus.
According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad, while on a retreat to Mount Hira for meditation during the month of Ramadan, received his first revelation from the Archangel Gabriel in the year 610. Gabriel visited Muhammad many times over a period of 23 years and taught him the verses which are now compiled in the Holy Qur’an. The Prophet’s sayings and actions are recorded separately in collections known as Hadith. The Qur’an provides insight into the missions, struggles, and communities of 25 Prophets, the first of which was Adam.
Prophet Muhammad’s mission was to restore the worship of the One True God, the creator of the universe, as taught by Prophet Abraham and all Prophets of God, and to demonstrate the laws of moral, ethical, legal, and social conduct. Before Muhammad died in the year 632 at the age of 63, the greater part of the Arabian Peninsula had become Muslim, and within a century of his death, Islam had spread to Spain in the west and as far as east as China. He established the religious practices known as “the five pillars of Islam” – declaring the oneness of Allah and his messenger Muhammad; praying five times a day; fasting during the month of Ramadan; giving to charity; and making a pilgrimage to Mecca.
We join our Muslim brothers and sisters in commemorating Maulidin Nabi, the Birth Date of the Prophet Muhammad, on February 5, 2012. It is a time to reflect on the Prophet’s love of God and humanity, and his message of peace. Assalamu Alaikum! Peace be upon you!