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“Prophet’s teachings to Promote Peace & tolerance in Islamic society,” ulama

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Milad al-Nabi or the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday is observed at a time when religious ulama consider the Prophet (PBUH) as bright history for all Muslims, saying that ‘the teaching of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was to promote peace and tolerance in Islamic societies.
Rizwani Bayani, head of ulama council of Shia, in an interview with The Kabul Times correspondent while congratulating the auspicious Milad al-Nabi to all Muslims of the world said: “The teaching and behavior of the Prophet of Islam was to promote peace, tolerance, brotherhood and unity among Muslims in Islamic society; therefore, the birthday of the Prophet is a bright history to the Muslim nations.”
“The life of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) was very simple and sincere as historians even those who were not Muslims have said that behavior and treatment of the Prophet of Islam was full of affection, kindness, tenderness and peace and was inviting all Muslim nations to peace and brotherhood,” Bayani added.
The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) though initially not welcomed, gradually gained such an abrupt momentum that people started converting to Islam in form of societies and delegations. The main reason behind the swift of flow of this divinely message was its basic principle Justice. It had been long since the last prophet on the earth that the people had been suffering from all sorts of injustices.
The Prophet of Islam (PBUH) brought them what they desperately desired. And this was sheer form of ultimate equality. According to the saying of Muhammad (PBUH): “O People! Indeed your Lord is same; you are all the offspring of the same father (Adam); neither an Arab has any priority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab is superior to an Arab; Being white or black in skin earns you no privilege; in the eyes of your Lord the best among you is the one who fears Him most.”
An Afghan Sunni scholar and advisor to chief executive on religious affairs Abdul Malik Ziayee says when the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) was born, all the people were living in ignorance and infidelity and it was the blessing of the Prophet of Mohammad (PBUH) that the people started to prefer to live in peace and brotherhood than live in ignorance and violence.
“We should follow the path of our Prophet, end all kind of enmities with our people and live in peace as the teaching of our Prophet (PBUH) was to promote peace and tolerance among the people rather than violence,” Ziayee added.
He further said that spiritual equality, human brotherhood, coupled with the teachings of the earlier prophets was what Mohammad (PBUH) had been ascended with, adding that these precious and heavenly gifts were for all as kindness, justice and brotherhood were the basic necessities of all, Islam brought for all without any discrimination.
The Prophethood of Mohammad (PBUH) was free of the discriminations of ethnicity, nationalism and language. People from different countries, speaking diverse languages attended the gatherings of Mohammad (PBUH) as the migrants of Makkah and the Ansar of Medina were the audience of the prophet.
It is worth mentioning that there are mixed beliefs on how one observes Mohammed’s birthday. Some people see the Prophet’s birthday as an event worthy of praise. Others view the celebration of birthdays as contradictory to Islamic law.  Both sides cite the Hadith (narrations originating from the words and deeds of the Prophet Mohammed) and events from Mohammed’s life to support their views.
Suraya Raiszada

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