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Mawlid - United for the Prophet 2006;
Alive in our Hearts

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A talk delivered by Shaykh Muhammad Imdad Hussain Pirzada on Sunday 30 April 2006
at Wembley Conference Centre, London.

Shaykh Pirzada during his talk at the Mawlid held in Wembley, London.Al-hamdu lillahi rabbi’l-‘alamin, wa’l-salatu wa’l-salamu ‘ala sayyidi’l-anbiya’ wa’l-mursalin, bismillahi’l-rahmani’l-rahim.

We thank Allah (most high) who made us Muslims and ordered us to believe in all his prophets; Abraham, Moses, Jesus and the last prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). We are proud that we believe in all the prophets of God. Secondly, we thank Mahabba Unlimited, and in particular Respected Fuad Nahdi, who have rekindled our faith by organising this great Milad al-Nabi Conference at this Wembley Conference Centre in London.

Respected audience! In the Qur’an, Allah (most high) stated to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), “We have raised for you your remembrance.”

It is the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) whose remembrance is raised and the one raising it is Allah (most high). In other words, the raising of the Prophet’s remembrance is not dependent upon any scholar, any Imam, any muhaddith or any mufassir; for the one raising this remembrance is Allah (most high) who is the Creator of the entire universe.

A question arises, how is this remembrance raised? Allah (most high) has stated in a hadith qudsi that O my beloved Prophet! Wherever I am mentioned, you will be mentioned. Whoever remembers me will remember you. When the mu’adhdhin will say ashhadu a’lla ilaha illallah, he will also say ashhadu anna Muhammadar rasulullah. And now if someone all his life continuously says la ilaha illallah, I will not accept it until he says Muhammadur Rasulullah.

Another question arises, how high is this remembrance raised? I will first give you an example. If a child of twelve or fourteen years kicks a football in the air, it would probably rise to a height of about 30 feet. If a twenty five year old kicks it, it would probably rise to a height of about 50 feet. If a world champion kicks it, it would probably rise to a height of about 70 feet. If it is asked that this football is of the same size, the same weight and the same form, then why is there this difference in height? The answer given would clearly be that this difference is due to the difference in the strength and power of the one kicking the football.

Keeping this simple example in mind, the remembrance of our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has been raised by Allah (most high). Now, whatever the strength of Allah (most high) is, that is how high the remembrance of our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) will be. The Qur’an states, “Allah (most high) has power over everything.” His power is limitless. When Allah (most high) with his limitless power, raised the remembrance of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), what would be the limit of that remembrance? It would seem that the remembrance of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) would also be limitless. However listen; it is our belief that it is only Allah (most high) who possesses limitless attributes. The remembrance of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) has a limit, but that limit is so high, that ways to measure that height and limit shall end, but the limit of Mustafa’s remembrance can never be measured.

Respected audience! He whose remembrance is raised by Allah (most high), there is no such power in the world that can decrease it. Fourteen hundred years ago, the Arabs called him a majnun, a madman. al-‘ayadhu billah. Where are they today? Their existence has been wiped out, but the remembrance of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) today remains continuously shining as clear as the sun.

Respected audience! Those who called the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) a madman, they disappeared and their generations became Muslims. In the same way, it is my belief, today those who call him a terrorist, they will disappear and a day will come when their generations will accept the call of Islam. And, ground realities testify to this, that today the fastest growing religion in the West is Islam.

If today some people in the West are attempting to label the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as a terrorist, then others in the West are accepting him as the greatest leader ever to set foot in this world.

In my hand, I have the book The 100 by Michael H. Hart. This is not just a small essay, but this is a thick book comprising of 572 pages, in which there is a comparison and ranking between the 100 most influential persons in the history of mankind. Michael H. Hart has placed our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) at number one and he has placed Jesus (peace be upon him) at number 3, yet he himself is a Christian. He writes, “My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels. Today, thirteen centuries after his death, his influence is still powerful and pervasive.”

Once a non-Muslim English councillor was invited to a Milad al-Nabi gathering. When one speaker mentioned the name of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), those who love the Prophet kissed their thumbs and placed them on their eyes. That English councillor asked the Muslims sitting next to him that why are these Muslims kissing their thumbs? He was told that when our Prophet’s name is mentioned, along with reciting salam upon him we kiss our thumbs and show our love for him. When the councillor’s time came to speak, he remarked, “There is none in the history of mankind whose name is being kissed by his followers even after fourteen centuries.”

My very respected audience! No doubt, all of Allah’s prophets and messengers are great and our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is also very great. However, the need today is that we ourselves show the world to be great.

Thank you very much for listening.

 
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