Rabi Al-Awwal is the 3rd month of the Islamic calendar and begins on 29th October. The name of this blessed month translates as the First Season of Spring and Muslims recognize this as the month in which Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was born.
During this month, we can use our time to learn more about the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his excellent example.
As the final Prophet of Islam, Muhammad was chosen by Allah (SWT) for his exceptional character. He was known as As-Sadiq (the truthful) and Al-Amin (the trustworthy), and was the kindest of people long before the revelation of the Qur’an was given to him.
As a perfect role model, we can learn from his actions and words and follow his example, as Allah (SWT) has told us in the Holy Qur’an:
"There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often." [AlAhzab:21].
During his lifetime and during the spread of Islam, Muhammad went to great lengths to inform and guide the people on the importance of helping others. Even those whom we do not know or owe nothing to, the Prophet emphasized the importance of helping in charity and in action. These lessons stand the test of time and are a guide for all mankind – particularly in today’s world where millions of people are sick, hungry or destitute. As we seek to better ourselves as Muslims, we can emulate his actions through his Sunnah by giving to others and helping those who are in desperate need.
The Messenger of Allah, said, 'One who strives to help a widow or the poor is like one who struggles in the cause of Allah' [Sahih Muslim]
Generosity was among the countless good qualities of Prophet Muhammad. He never turned anyone away empty-handed and always gave preference to the needy over his own needs.
In today’s world, money continues to divide communities and people and there exists much disparity between the wealthy and the poor. With more than 1.3 billion people living in abject poverty across the globe, we can find comfort and reward in giving to others.
Through the Qur’an and the Sunnah, we can learn from Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) example that every action is rewardable and every action towards another is charity.
On the authority of Abu Hurairah (r.a) from the Prophet Muhammad (saw), who said "Allah (SWT) said: 'Spend (on charity), O son of Adam, and I shall spend on you.' "
This Rabi Al-Awwal, what better way to honour the memory of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) than following his guidance and best example.
Giving to others, spreading good words and deeds all in the name of Allah (SWT), are rewardable actions from his Sunnah. Such a wonderful inspiration for us all.