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Islam is not the Faith of formalities

Islam is not the Faith of formalities

In fact it was not the practice of the Noble cambions رضی اللہ عنہم, to indulge in formal and showy processions and celebrations. They had imbibed the very spirit of the Sunnah and the practices of the Prophet’s sacred life. They always tried to understand why the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلمhad came to this world, what were his mission and teachings and what he صلى الله عليه وسلم expected from the world concerning his mission. The Noble Companions رضی اللہ عنہم had devoted their entire lives to reflection on, and promotion of, such ideals concerning the Faith; they were not after such formal, empty and showy celebrations and processions which we have borrowed from the non-Muslims, like Christians and Hindus. We invented the festival of celebrating the Prophet’s birthday in blind imitation of these infidel nations living around us who celebrate the birthdays and death anniversaries of their prominent leaders. We fail to consider that these so-called leaders of the infidels did not possess lives worthy of being followed; they were only either political leaders or leaders in some other field of worldly activities. These leaders were not, in general, men to be emulated on account of some moral spiritual or religious distinction.

The life of the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم is a perfect model

As for the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم, the very divine intention of sending him to this world was that he صلى الله عليه وسلم should present a perfect practical model for the entire humanity, so that men  may follow his way of life and try to mould their own lives
on the pattern available in the Holy Prophet’s Sunnah. Every moment of his life is a valuable example for us to follow. As Muslims, it is a binding on all of us to imitate the Prophet’s life to the best of our abilities. The Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم should not be compared to any other leader of the world in memory of whom a particular day relating to his life is celebrated and the matter ends there. Every day of our lives is a day to celebrate the memory of the Prophet’s life concerning everything we do or say, Allah sent him صلى الله عليه وسلم to this world to serve as a complete model till the Day of Judgement.

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