Mawlid or Miladun Nabi is the observance of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him). It is celebrated on the 12th day of Rabi’ al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar (see image, above). In 2019, the Mawlid will be commemorated by Muslims around the world between November 8-10.
The following quotations of Prophet Muhammad are taken from Michael Wolfe’s excellent article How a Muslim Sees Muhammad. He notes that these statements full of wisdom were mostly coined on the spot by the Prophet, in response to particular situations, by a man aware of the limits of his knowledge. The Prophet said that he only knew what God would show him. Here are nine quotations:
“Asking good questions is half of learning.”
“People with knowledge and those who seek it are the only two groups of any use to humanity.”
“Three agents destroy religion: an ill-tempered scholar, a tyrannical leader, and an ignorant theologian.”
“Happy are those who find fault with themselves instead of finding fault with others.”
“Avoid anything that requires an excuse.”
“Strength does not lie in carrying heavy loads: a camel can do that. The essence of strength lies in taming your temper and your anger.”
“During prayer, God lifts the veils and opens the gates of the invisible, so that His servant is standing in front of Him.”
“Prayer creates a secret connection between the one praying and the One prayed to.”
“Prayer is a threshold at the entrance to God’s reality.”
Date posted: November 6, 2019.