After Muharram and Safar, Rabi al-Awwal is the third month in the Islamic calendar.
- Birth of the final Messenger, Prophet Muhammad (saw), to whom the Qur’an was revealed.
- The Prophet’s (saw) Hijrah, during which he moved from Makkah to Madinah. From this occasion, the Islamic calendar is calculated.
- The Prophet’s (saw) passing away on 12 Rabi al-Awwal, the eleventh year of Islam.
Special blessings or benefits
The Prophet (saw) was sent into the world on Rabi al-Awwal, and he was returned to Allah on that day.
The birth of the Prophet (saw) in this month brought blessings to humanity. He (saw) that he would eventually lead the world out of ignorance and oppression and into the light of Tawhid, which would usher in real justice and peace, starting with the Arabs, Persians, and Romans. His birth was ‘a mercy to the worlds’ [The Noble Qur’an, 21:107], and Allah chose Rabi al-Awwal to illuminate us with this mercy.
Though many narrations disagree on the precise day, the Prophet (saw) was born in Makkah on a Monday in the month of Rabi al-Awwal. Many narrations say the 12th, but others have mentioned different dates between the 8th and the 17th. Nevertheless, he (saw) was definitely born on a Monday.
Because so many important things happened in the Prophet’s life during this time, Rabi-ul-Awwal considered a good month. To maximise this period of time.
Muslims around the world should perform the following acts:
- During Rabi ul-Awwal, Muslims should increase their salutation upon the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Doing so will earn them blessings from the Prophet and the favour of Allah as the Prophet once said that whoever sends good wishes for me, Allah will send tenfold blessings upon him.
- Mawlid is an excellent occasion to learn more about the life and deeds of the Prophet.
- The Hijrah, when the Prophet (PBUH) and Abu Bakr travelled from Mecca to Medina, is the occasion from which we date the Islamic calendar.
- In the eleventh year of Islam, on Monday, Rabi al-Awwal, the Prophet (PBUH) passed away. His family and closest friends had come to understand that he would soon be going back to Allah because he had been ill in the days preceding his death.
- During this time, Muslims should perform more acts of Sunnah and inculcate them in their way of life
- Unlike some of the other significant months in the Islamic calendar, there are no recommendations to fast, pray, or make dua during Rabi al-Awwal. Despite this, it is always a good idea to start practicing Prophetic habits, such as visiting the sick and elderly, feeding the poor, and smiling often; this will revitalise or reinforce your connection with the Prophet (PBUH)..
- You can learn from the Prophet’s (PBUH) merciful nature .
- The allMasajid team wishes you a very happy Rabi al-Awwal Mubarak!