Rehmatalil Alameen: Eid-Milad-un-Nabi

Posted on February 16, 2011
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Adil Najam

Today is 12 Rabi-ul-Awal – and Eid Milad-un-Nabi – marking the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

I sit at the airport in New York awaiting my PIA flight to Lahore to be announced, knowing that the whole country will be decked up and glowing for the occasion. Cannot wait to be part of the festivities. On this, the birthday of the Rehmatulil Aalameen, I pray and wish for rehmat not only for the Prophet’s believers in Pakistan, but for all people in Aalameen. It seems to me that to personalize His (PBUH) rehmat as if it were only for the few who we think “got” the message right, is – it seems to me – to miss the entire message itself.

So, today, on this Eid Milad-un-Nabi, I pray in the name of the Rehmatulil Aalameen (PBUH) for rehmat for all aalameen, and for all people everywhere. May they – may we – be all blessed with peace.

To me part of the memories of Eid Milad-un-Nabi in Pakistan was always the amazingly powerful devotional poetry of the naat – and none better than from Muzaffar Warsi, who died recently. It is apt, then, to share one of his most famous naats on this auspicious day.

30 Comments on “Rehmatalil Alameen: Eid-Milad-un-Nabi”

  1. Sajjad Junaidi says:
    February 16th, 2011 3:26 am


  2. Mohammed Amjad says:
    February 16th, 2011 3:53 am

    Good post.
    These guys who try to become the thekedar of even the Prophets. As if THEY will tell us what true Islam or true message of Prophet is. The prophet was rehmat for everyone, not one firqa or one maulvi or even one religion, but for all humanity.
    We all need to return to that message of humanity.

  3. Rahman says:
    February 16th, 2011 4:05 am

    What hypocrisy. First you write a post on celebrating Valentine and then on Eid Milad un Nabi. What hypocrisy. Which side are you on. Liberals like you and Sherry Rahman and Salman Taseer mock at our religion and then act all Muslim yourself. You all deserve what you got. Was Salman Taseer not enough of a lesson for you liberals not to mess with Islam!

  4. February 16th, 2011 4:22 am

    Wishing all my Muslim friends a Happy Birthday of Prophet Mohammed(PBUH).
    May the Christians of our beloved country be able to live in peace like the Meesaq-e-Madina -Treaty of Arabia- among different religions within one country,Amen.

  5. Naveed says:
    February 16th, 2011 4:38 am

    Your rant and threats are not worth responding to. SO I will not.
    But on the comment, the message of V-day and Milad e Nabi are the same: Love for all people. If you do not have that in your heart then you will never understand either of them.

  6. Rabia says:
    February 16th, 2011 4:46 am

    Thanks for a beautiful message. Peace for all!

  7. Kaasu says:
    February 16th, 2011 5:40 am

    Ameed. You may also want to correct the video tag on your post.

  8. Saif M says:
    February 16th, 2011 5:41 am

    @Rahman: You talk as if you own Islam or, as they say in Urdu, you got it in your jahaiz. People like you are an ugly stain on the fair name of Islam.

  9. Joker says:
    February 16th, 2011 6:59 am


    Yes Rehman do shut up and go kiss up to your murderous thug of a hero, Qadri rather than threatening to kill liberals who actually have a life…:P

  10. Kafir Per Pakistani Law says:
    February 16th, 2011 7:06 am

    On this occasion of Birthday of best of entire humanity our beloved Rasul Allah SAWS, Muslims in general and Pakistani Muslims in particular should pledge NOT to call those Kafir who believe our beloved Rasul Allah SAWS was the last and greatest messenger of Allah SWT.

    Personal Disclosure:
    I hold belief that:
    1-There is no God but Allah (SWT) and Muhammad (SAWS) WAS HIS LAST AND GREATEST PROPHET.
    2-No new or old prophet can come after Rasul Allah SAWS.
    3-I consider all reciters of Kalima-Shahada as Muslims.
    4-I do NOT belong to Qadiani organization headed by their Khalifa residing in England, which holds belief that thousands of prophets can come after Rasul Allah SAWS (nauzubilah), but they will only come in their Qadiani organization.

  11. Naan Haleem says:
    February 16th, 2011 7:15 am

    Adil Najam should be appreciated for celebrating Mawlid un Nabi on the blog. But some people have dragged this beautiful day into controversial arena. As expected in my previous post, they have made it a place to score points on Mullahism. what a closed mindset. :S

    Even if we have to discuss the USWAA of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the context of v-day, can anybody justify the way this is (supposed to be) celebrated in the light of Prophet’s teachings???I mean did Muhamma (PBUH) preach what v-day is all about or did he abolish such things???

    Everyone knows what Arab society was before Islam. By encouraging unlawful, immoral and extramarital relations (as per every definition of any civilized society), do proponents of v-day want to take us back to the same period of Jaahiliat?

    Islam promotes mercy and love but within the paradigm of societal values. ‘Love to your wife’ was mentioned in the Last Sermon of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and mentioned as an order but on the condition of her being faithful and pious. If she is not, then the treatment is given in Quran, the same book which declares Muhammad (PBUH) “Rehmat-u-lil-aalameen”. Accept the Quran in its entirety otherwise you are merely some weak opportunist.

    So rewards and punishment, like every society are inherent in Islam. Why do we expect to have rewards offered by Islam after ignoring the Islamic regulations and protesting against Islamic punishments?

    We have numerous example of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) expressing care and love for his wives, but just enough to exemplify for his followers, not to make it an open subject of discussion on private life. How many of us (male or female) refrain from discussing the bedroom experiences among our friends???

    Open the Quran which says the man and wife are like garments for each other (meaning thereby covering each other). Explore further and it tells you the punishment for illicit sexual relationship. While you dont need any effort to EXPLORE the rewards for the righteous and pious people; its given everywhere in the Holy Book.

    I would second Adil that the Mercifulness of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for ALL the people, and not just Muslims, is an undeniable truth. But taking this as a cover for ignoring the clear boundaries set by the Almighty is hypocrisy, misleading, and even bigger a sin than the one it might lead anyone to. I hope this post does not carry such kind of misleading message.

    May Allah bless you with a safe and peaceful journey home.

  12. Naan Haleem says:
    February 16th, 2011 7:17 am

    Sorry for typo mistake in the name of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) at one place. May Allah forgive us all.

  13. Adnan says:
    February 16th, 2011 2:13 pm

    Cannot wait to be part of the festivities. On this, the birthday of the Rehmatulil Aalameen, I pray and wish for rehmat not only for the Prophet’s believers in Pakistan, but for all people in Aalameen.

    These lines are enough to tell why Pakistan is being ruined more by Parhe Likhe Jahil then genuine one. So, Did you buy some cake,Choco or Vanilla one to show your “love” for Prophet(saw)?

    So, do all Barelvis or wannabe believe they are holier than 1st generation of Muslims who were the companions of Prophet(Saw)?

    Can any “Lover” of Prophet(saw) show one reference when Sahabas(saw) and their followers “celebrate” Milad Festival in order to celebrate “Birth Day” of Muhammad(Saw)?

    Did Imam Hanifa,Imam Hanbal,Imam Shafai,Hanbal or Jaffar Sadiq celebrate the birth anniversary of Prophet(saw)?

    Do these “Moderate” Radicals claim they care and love Muhammad more than the Companions and 2nd generation of Muslims? If Yes then what kind of idiotic definition of LOVE they follow? LOVE is all about doing what MEHBOOB says. Imagine what your mother orders you and you go opposite of it and yet you shout out in public that “I love my Mom” and sings songs for her, wear new clothes and throw party. Are you going to make her happy? Offcourse not because you did not obey her orders.

    So these lovers are claiming they love Prophet more than Prophet companions for them Allah said,”They agree with me and I agree with them”. They are guaranteed to go in Heaven and these exhibits are not even sure they would go in Paradise or in hell.

    Those who are celebrating Muhammad’s Birthday, Did they offer Fajar Salat? Do they offer Namaz ba Jamat in Masjid? “Rahamatul Aleemeen” says, “Trim mustaches and grow your beard”. Do these Muhammad lovers do that? Do they offer daily prayers?

    Bhai ye tum topi drama kis ko Fool Banana k Liya karhe ho? You can’t fool God, you re fooling out to yourself. Distributing few grams of Mitahai, Playing high volume Naats and installing green light and flags is not going to send your Love to Prophet. This is all of your childishness to compete with Shias.

  14. ShahidnUSA says:
    February 16th, 2011 2:47 pm

    Quit sending your children to mullahs and mulanas, I know I would nt. Send them to the qualified females teachers who dont preach violence and aware of personal physical & verbal abuse and the second class, goat chained to the wall like treatment that they have to face on daily basis.
    Mullahs are the ‘curse’ on Pakistan.

  15. Adnan says:
    February 16th, 2011 3:44 pm

    Send them to the qualified females teachers who dont preach violence and aware of personal physical

    Yeah and then you keep ‘visiting’ those teachers in the name of your kids to keep your eyes warm so that you can praise ‘creatures’ of God. Right Shahidunnisa?

    Madrassahas don’t need residue either so don’t worry your kids are not required at all

  16. omar malik says:
    February 16th, 2011 3:46 pm

    The best way to celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi (the birth day of the Prophet) is to read the teachings of the Prophet and pledge to follow what Prophet has preached.

  17. Razaak Janjua says:
    February 16th, 2011 5:31 pm

    How about posting Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) last sermon on this day.

  18. Shahnaz Latif says:
    February 16th, 2011 10:37 pm

    Islam is religion of peace. . In Quran Allah “Says, `We believe in ALLAH and that which has been revealed to us, and that which was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and in that which was given to Moses and Jesus and other Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them and to HIM we submit.” (Qur’ân 3-85) and in chapter 2 verse 257 Allah says “There should be no compulsion in religion”. As muslim we should respect all prophets and their teaching.
    Terrorism, violence and hatred is not the teaching of Islam. The fanatic group of Muslims is ruining the peaceful religion, Islam. The islam teaches or explained by clerics (Mullah) is the wrong interpretation of islam.
    I condemn this recent horrific and barbarous attack on innocent Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, in Indonesia and in a very strong term. This is a very sad incident; the authorities have no power to control the Mob?
    Indonesia’s and pakistan’s government claiming it self a Muslim Country than they should know that Allah says in Holy Quran, “Whosoever killed a person — unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land — it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and whoso gave life to one, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind. (Ch.5, verse 33)
    The Mullah claiming that we are Muslim, we Love and respect The Holy prophet Mohammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) but their actions is totally against of his teaching and his practice. What is happening in these countries in the name of Islam? Is this the teaching of Islam to kill innocent peoples? Islam is religion of peace, love and tolerance. Are they forgetting the life of our Beloved, Respected Holy Prophet (peace & blessing of Allah be upon him). What he did at the time of the conquest of Mecca, how he treated his enemies.. Did he not forgave every one that day even the woman name Hinda who disrespect the dead body of his uncle Hazrat Hamza. Is there any example of his revenge to any human being? He was the mercy for all mankind (Rahmat-ul-lilalami) May Allah give them wisdom and strength to fight against the falsehood and follow the true teaching of Islam. Our motto should be, “love for All Hatred for None”.

  19. Asim says:
    February 17th, 2011 12:38 am

    @Shahnaz Latif – I hear your concern. The thugs who are ruining the image of Islam are running a business. to keep their costs low, they need volunteers to do their dirty deeds and what better technique can they use than the fear of God to lower innocent beings into their trap. Fear of God is an excellent and a free marketing tool that anyone can use to spread their message and gain strength of illiterate and innocent God fearing human beings who have no idea that God loves them more than He can ever hate them. All the unfortunate and bad things that have happened to people around them, they interpret as punishment from God instead of using brain to get to the actual root cause of the problem and fix it themselves. Praying to God to fix problem hasnt worked in centuries and will not work for centuries to come. If you think Allah is only on the Muslims side, then why is it the Atheists, Jews, Christians, Hindus are the most succesfull people in the world and Muslims are so behind. Please dont lie to yourself and say that “Muslims will be rewarded after life”… How can we say that when we cannot even see what would happen after life? This vision of reward after life is another free Marketing tool that Mullahs/thugs use for their corrupt deeds. Its just like, I hire someone to work for me and I tell him that I’ll pay your salary after you are dead and I promise i’ll make you an awesome house that you cannot even dream of.

  20. Faheem says:
    February 17th, 2011 1:57 am

    Glad you fixed the video link. This is an amazing naat. One of the best ever.

  21. Alm757 says:
    February 17th, 2011 3:45 am

    Mr. Najam, I pray Allah that your dream come true and you can celebrate Eid Milad safely in Pakistan. Some times back I was hearing a radio Program in which a moulana sahib was speaking on Eid Milad, on his 10 minuites lecture he was just shouting that people observe and celebrate days like Pakistan Day, Diffance Day, RepublicDay, Etc but make objections on Eid Milad I was thinking that his next word may be on Seerat of Prophet Muhammad, but he was complaining in observance of other days. How some one expact from these Mulana’s that they can teach the true Islam to the world.
    The Quran described the Prophet of ISLAM as Rehmatul-Aalameen as we read “And we have sent thee not but as a MERCY for all Peoples” Al-Quran 21:108
    on the other hand, you can see the disturbances and violations, killing of innocent people only in Muslim Countries these days, specialy in the name of Allah & his Prophet Muhammad.
    Moderate Muslims must think about this, after all sooner or later we all have to Meet Allah Almighty and as per Quran, Allah will be the judge and will see on the day of Resurrection who is right and who is wrong Al-Quran 2:114. Who are we to judge who is Muslim or not a Muslim? Be righteous on your Faith; know the true Islam follow the teaching of Quran or visit for more information

  22. Osama says:
    February 17th, 2011 3:55 am

    Very nice post. I share your sentiment. We have lost the whole element of humanity and this is peace for ALL and for EVERYONE. Not just those who have the exact same look or belief like us.

  23. Anwer says:
    February 17th, 2011 4:44 am

    رحمتِ سیدِ لولاک پہ کامل ایمان
    امتِ سیدِ لولاک سے خوف آتا ھے

  24. tal'at says:
    February 17th, 2011 5:26 am


    A good and timely post indeed. You pray and I join you in this prayer of yours:

    “So, today, on this Eid Milad-un-Nabi, I pray in the name of the Rehmatulil Aalameen (PBUH) for rehmat for all aalameen, and for all people everywhere. May they – may we – be all blessed with peace.”

    Islam means praying to Rabul-Alimin who sent his prophet as Rehmatul Alimin and not as a ‘Khaatime Rehmat’ as some hate-mongering , self-styled ‘Khudaai foujdaar’ (God’s soldiers) would present him as depicted by Allama Iqbal in his famous couplet:

    کسے خبر تھی کہ لے کر چراغے مصطفوی
    جہاں میں آگ لگاتی پھرے گی بولہبی

    (Who knew that taking in hand the lamp of the Prophet (Rehmatul Alimin)
    The Bulehbi (anti-human fanaticism) will be rampaging the world over)

  25. Syed Ghulam Nabi says:
    February 17th, 2011 9:22 pm

    Nice sentiments. The message and blessings are indeed for everyone and not just one or other sect.

  26. Dallas Muslim says:
    February 18th, 2011 12:48 am

    Great sentiments.
    True teachings of Islam should be promoted by all the Muslims in this world which include denouncing all forms of terrorism.
    Unfortunately, a lot of Muslim world is just lost in celebrating but they have forgotten the significance of this holy day. Celebrating this day should remind all Muslim world about the peaceful teachings of Islam portrayed in the life of Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). His message was of love, peace, respect and harmony. May Allah guide us all towards right path. Amen.
    I also join Ms. Shehnaz Latif in strongly condemning the ongoing attacks on Ahmadiyya Muslim Community most recently in Indonesia. This is completely against Islam and the teachings of the Holy Prophet (peace be on him). Governments of countries like Pakistan and Indonesia that call themselves Muslims should be ashamed of the fact that they repeatedly FAIL to protect their citizens and FAIL to take any action against the attackers.
    World’s negative views about Islam will never change if Muslim powers of this world will sit quietly in response to incidents like this.

  27. Adnan says:
    February 18th, 2011 2:53 pm


    While you continue to show your ignorance and telling about your madarassah where you got education. Your analogy of an employer and employee does not make sense. Infact it’s quite lame.

    You get your salary for the work you are asked to for certain period of time. In layman’s lingo it’s called “Contract”. You don’t enjoy luxury before doing any work. Can you please tell me how do you believe that you would get salary after a month? Just due to piece of paper signed by you? Or you just “believe in his words?”. The way you have signed the contract with your Boss who pay you after “every Month”(a tenure). Similarly every Human(Read Human not a “Muslim”) has signed the contract to do “God’s work” and get the Salary as well as “Bonus”. The worldly benefits enjoyed by Muslims after earning Halal ways are like routine Salary and having things after this life are like Annual Bonus which you get every year. So when a person can wait for a Bonus which he has not SEEN yet then why a Muslim can trust in word of God which are most authentic than any word on earth that he would get the benefit. As Allah says in Quran himself:

    “Indeed We will support Our messengers and those who believe during the life of this world and on the Day when the witnesses will stand.” [ 40:51]


    “And whoever is an ally of Allah and His Messenger and those who have believed – indeed, the party of Allah – they will be the predominant.” [al-Ma'idah 5:56]

    You have right to refute every thing but don’t give other reason to laugh at you for your ignorance. If Godforbid you are calling “MUllah” to God then better God deal with you while He can do it much better way than others. May God show you guidance. Ameen

  28. Atif says:
    February 19th, 2011 5:06 pm

    Very nice sentiments Something that all Muslims should think about.

  29. Ayesha Minhas says:
    February 19th, 2011 9:40 pm

    Indeed it is very well celebrated day in Muslim world. Muslims should also remember the teachings and the message of Islam that was spread by Prohpet Mohammad(PBUH). The message of Islam that is peace and love has somehow lost it’s meaning . I condem the brutal killings of Ahmadi Muslims in Indonesia. I’ts time that all muslims should stand up and be one and condem killings of any kind.

  30. tal'at says:
    March 14th, 2011 7:35 am

    @Naan Haleem

    “I mean did Muhamma (PBUH) preach what v-day is all about or did he abolish such things???” (Naouzbillah)

    Naan Mian you mistyped the name of the prophet and seek forgiveness for the error which is tantamount to blasphemy. But you should know, according to the mullah the punishment for blasphemy is death by lynching and it is the prophet alone who had the right to forgive any body as though his ‘rehmat’ ended with his death. Only the cruelty of ‘Deen-e-Islam’ remained to be executed by the self-styled hangmen of Islam, the mullah with his ‘deen-e-fassaad’.

    The other day, I happened to see a talk show on blasphemy law on a TV channel. Speaking against the grant of forgiveness to the blasphemy accused on the analogy of the prophet having done that in a number of cases, a pro-BL mullah said that only the prophet had the right to do that which we , the Ummati, cannot do, i.e., to forgive any one guilty of blasphemy and this argument appeared to have clinched the discussion.

    The main antic of the mullah in general is that they install themselves as scion or inheritor (وارث) of the prophet as their expediency demands and treat them as ‘ummati’ when it suites them otherwise. They, however, never let go their prerogative to lead the sectarian prayers assuming themselves to be the inheritors of the prophet instead of standing in line with the namazies in general and thus blatantly defying the quranic injunction which says, “Warkaoo maarraakiein (Jhuko jhukne waalon ke saath)”.

    They are in fact self-styled ‘hangmen’ of Islam who do not believe in Islam of God who is ‘rehman and rahim’ and the prophet, who is ‘Rehmatulaalimin’ and the Blasphemy law is the main weapon by which they terrorize the people into submission. The BL, however , being a double edged sword, it does some time hit the mullah themselves. So beware and take care.

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