Posted by: mjaga | September 15, 2011

Anniversaries

Qur’aanic Verse 19.15:

19.15

Transliteration:

15. Wasalamun AAalayhi yawma wulida wayawma yamootu wayawma yubAAathu hayyan

Translation:

15. And peace on him (John) on the day he was born, the day he dies, and the day he is raised to life again.2

 

Study Note:

2. The plain meaning of this Verse is that Allah is ever well pleased with John (Yahya) – at his birth, his death and his resurrection on the Judgment Day. It gives no authority for any celebration of his birth and death anniversaries. And yet some misguided Muslims qote this Verse as divine authority for celebrating the birth and death anniversaries of our Prophet (peace on him) and of other saintly persons. Such celebrations, as we do see in cases of other celebrities, amount to nothing but showy and ritual eulogy of the persons concerned. They do not lead to any character-building on the parts of the participants in such celebrations. The Muslims should rather emulate the example of our Prophet by trying to abide by the Qur’aan, as the Prophet did, in their day-to-day lives.

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The above is an extract from Qur’aanic Studies Manzil IV, which will soon, inshaAllah, be published on Amazon Kindle. Manzil IMabzil II & Manzil III of the series are already published.

Mohammad Shafi


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