The significance of the Month of Rabi al-Awwal

Rabi al-Awwal is the third month of Islamic Lunar Calendar and comes after Safar. The month of Rabi al-Awwal (the First Spring Season) of Islamic Lunar Calendar is well known in the entire Muslim world as the Month of Birth of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The precise date of his birth is disputed among the historians, but Ayatullah Ruhullah Musawi al-Khomeini (RA), the founder of the Islamic revolution had declared the week between 12th and 17th Rabi al-Awwal as “Usboo al-Wahda” meaning “the week of unity amongst Muslims.” Muslims all over the world are urged to get together and celebrate (Eid-E-Milad Nabi) the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for the whole week. Sunnis and Shias are two arms (Bazoo) of the Islam. Ayatullah Ruhullah Musawi al-Khomeini (RA)

Rabi al-Awwal is an exceptional month in the Islamic Calendar and it held great significance in the life of beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The Birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his migration from Mecca (Hijrah), the construction of the first-ever mosque, Masjid Quba, all happened in this month. Prophet Muhammad also held the first-ever public Friday Prayer in Quba mosque in this month.

Rabi’ul-Awwal is the most significant month in the Islamic history, because humanity has been blessed in this month by the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Before the birth of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), not only the Arabian Peninsula, but also the so-called civilized nations of Rome and Persia were drowned in the darkness of ignorance, superstitions, oppression and unrest. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) came with the eternal truth of Tawhid (Oneness of Allah), the only faith which provides a firm basis for the real concepts of knowledge, equity and peace. It was this faith which delivered humanity from ignorance and superstitions and spread the light of true knowledge all over the world. So the birth of the best of Allah’s (PBUH) creation and the last to be sent with the divine message for the guidance of humanity on a whole is, without doubt, a day to take as one of thanks and reverence to Allah (PBUH).

Balaghal-ula bi-kamaali-hi (He attained exaltation by his perfection)

Kashafad-duja bi-jamaali-hi (He dispelled darkness by his beauty)

Hasunat jamee’u khisaali-hi (Beauteous are all his qualities)

Sallu alai-hi wa aalihi (Benediction be on him and on his family)