I'm expected to know its significance, but frankly speaking, nobody has ever explained to me in detail why today is so special to Muslims.
I've never attended any talk or occasion to commemorate this day either.
Through readings, I do know that this day is to remember the day he passed away.
Well, why do we need an annual holiday to remember Muhammad Rasululah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassalam ?
In order to have a procession, proclaiming our love for him?
In order to attend special ceramah, listening to talks in the hope that our iman will be stronger?
As I said, nobody has bothered to explain to me.
So, I took the initiative to find out, to think and to ponder.
What does Muhammad Rasulullah s.a.w mean to us in our lives?
Any Muslim will say that he is our prophet, the beloved of Allah.
His actions, speeches, and everything he did during his lifetime is sunnah. He was the greatest of all men, a good leader and a most patient, loving man.
Muslims all over the world love him. His shahabat were willing to die for him.
Try insulting a true Muslim with a derogatory name for Muhammad Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam , and you might live to regret it.
Yet how do we show our love and respect for him?
Personally, I think that attending a special ceramah and carrying banners is a good, but that alone is not enough to make us good Muslims.
Muhammad Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam changed the way of the world, through his actions and teachings.
He was the most honest and truthful of men
- are we honest in our dealings?
He taught about the feelings of love and brotherhood among Muslims
- do we show our love to other Muslims/Muslimahs regardless of their nationalities, race or social status?
He dislikes ghibah or gossips, slander and back-stabbing among Muslims
- do we avoid them?
He teaches about justice and the need to be just in all ways of life
- do we do our best to be fair and just in all our dealings, even to the extent of punishing our own kin in the name of justice?
He is a good loving husband who treats all his wives fairly, and his children lovingly
- are we?
He instructs us to always follow the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah
- do we abide to that instruction all the time?
As Muslims we should strive to be like him, through our actions and speech.
Not only in one day of the year, not only during the fasting man of Ramadhan, but throughout our lives, till the last breath.