Bismillah Ir Rahman Ir Rahim
“Allah (swt) and his Angels send blessings on his Prophet (s.a.w): O ye that believe! Send blessings on him and Salute him with all respect.” 33:56.
While the traffic in Los Angeles this past weekend was congested from the 405 to the 101 to the 5 and the 118 due to the nights events of the NBA All-Star Basketball game it wasn’t enough to keep away people on their way to the La Mirada Theater in order to take time and remember the celebrated life of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w). This year’s Mawlid An Nabi (remembering the life and birth of the Prophet) at the La Mirada Theater was inhabited and composed of people from many different races and nationalities in order to hear words of praise and thankfulness for being a part of the Nation of the most influential and important of all the Prophets; which is something that was very much needed to bring calm to the heart amidst all of the civil unrest in the holy places around the world.
To one reading this, they may find themselves perplexed and confused on why many would fight rain, and traffic in order to spend a few hours remembering the life and times of Muhammad (s.a.w) and the answer is plain as simple, out of love. To many in the West it may seem inconceivable to love someone with such passion, especially of someone that they have never seen with their own two eyes. Nevertheless , it is this love and respect for his legacy that they rushed to the center as if it were not for him, they would not be Muslims today; they listened to words of Poetry, sung songs of the his history and universality as Prophet to all people.
From Van Nuys, to Carson, to Brentwood even all the way down to Orange County Muslims, made it priority to take a stand and Celebrate the life of the Prophet (s.a.w) which is also a stand to remember the one who brought peace to the heart, which is something the current regime of dictators have not been able to do in some so-called Islamic Republics.
The remembrance of the Prophet (s.a.w) was and is not just limit to the Mawlids as even Secular scholars give credence to the importance of the Muhammad (s.a.w) as did Michael H. Hart who named him the number one (out of 100) most influential people in history. There are even remembrances of prophets in the Bible who spoke of Muhammad to come, as such did John (a.s.):
Up to the time of Jesus (peace be upon him), the Israelites were still awaiting for that prophet like unto Moses prophesied in Deuteronomy 18:18. When John the Baptist came, they asked him if he was Christ and he said “no”. They asked him if he was Elias and he said “no”. Then, in apparent reference to Deuteronomy 18:18, they asked him “Art thou that Prophet” and he answered, “no”. (John 1: 1 9-2 1).
So in this time of severe political and cultural unrest, the true Lovers of Muhammad (s.a.w) have taken sometime away as the toppling of governments are happening in the world as this will happen time and time again and remembered his life of struggle, of influence and legitimacy. Until the next Mawlid, With Love, As Salaam Alaykum.