Centuries ago, such a flower blossomed in the universe whose pure fragrance started transforming the widely spread foul smell of disbelief, polytheism, oppression and violence into faith, Islam and peace. That flower’s fragrance is not diminishing with the passage of centuries; rather, it keeps growing further and will keep growing until the Day of Judgement. That matchless flower is none other than our Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. That is the reason why the scholars, pious people, Muhaddiseen and Mufassireen have been praising highly about the greatness of the time and the month of the blessed birth of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم in different ways.
As an Imam belonging to around 750 years ago, ‘Allamah Zakariya Bin Muhammad Bin Mahmood Qazveeni رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه (demise: 682 AH) states:
ھُوَ شَھْرٌ مُّبَارَكٌ فَتَحَ اللّٰەُ فِیْەِ اَبْوَابَ الْخَیْرَاتِ وَ اَبْوَابَ السَّعَادَاتِ عَلَی الْعَلٰمِیْنَ
بِوُجُوْدِ سَیِّدِ الْمُرْسَلِیْنَ صَلَّی اللّٰەُ عَلَیْەِ وَسَلَّم وَالثَّانِی عَشَرَ مِنْەُ مَوْلِدُ رَسُولِ اللّٰەِ صَلَّی اللّٰەُ عَلَیْەِ وَسَلَّم
i.e. (Rabi’-ul-Awwal) is that sacred month in which Allah Almighty opened the doors of goodness and blessings upon the creation of the entire world through the blessings of the blessed existence of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. The Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was born on the 12th of the same very month. (‘Ajaaib-ul-Makhluqat, pp. 68)
What greatness that moment possesses in which the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was born and it became a moment for the acceptance of Du’as for the Muslims until the Day of Judgement. As, Sayyiduna Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Dabbaagh رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه states, ‘The blessed moment in which the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم came in this world is the time for the acceptance of Du’as. The attribute of acceptance of this moment will remain until the Day of Judgement. At that moment, all Ghaus, Qutb and other Awliya of the entire world gather near the cave of Hira. The one whose Du’a corresponds to the Du’a of blessed Awliya, Allah Almighty accepts his Du’a and fulfils his need.’ Sayyiduna Shaykh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez Dabbaagh رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه would often persuade his disciples to perform Qiyam at that blessed time. (Al-Ibreez, vol. 1, pp. 311, summarised)
That’s why the devotees of Prophet spend this night in the acts of worship offering Nawafil and performing Zikr and at the time of dawn, they make arrangements for Du’a. The blessed house in which the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was born is full of blessings. Hence, Islamic scholars and Muhaddiseen pay visit there and acquire its blessings.
A pious person belonging to approximately 826 years ago, ‘Allamah Abul Husain Muhammad Bin Ahmad Jubayr Undalusi رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه (demise: 614 AH) writes while talking about this blessed house, ‘That sacred place where the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم was born in such a blessed moment that Allah Almighty made him a means of mercy for all of the worlds. That sacred place was coated in silver (and it seems) as if it is a small pond of water with a silver surface. What can be said about the sacred soil that Allah Almighty blessed to be the birthplace of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, who possesses the purest body. This blessed house gets opened in Rabi’-ul-Awwal on Monday because Rabi’-ul-Awwal is the month of the birth of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and Monday is the day of the birth of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. People enter this sacred house to attain blessings. This day has always been “Yaum-e-Mashhood” in Makkah Mukarramah, i.e. people gather on this day.’
At another place, he رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه states, ‘The specific place where the blessed birth took place was like a raised platform resembling a small pond to the size of approximately three hand spans. In the middle of it, there is a green colour marble piece to the size of a two-third of a hand span that is coated in silver. Including the silver, its length is of one hand span. We rubbed our faces at that sacred place that became the place of birth of the most superior individual that was born on the face of the earth and (that sacred place) touched the noblest of the individuals possessing the purest of the lineage. Moreover, we attained blessings from the sacred birthplace of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and benefited.’ (Tazkirah bil-Ikhbaar ‘an-Ittifaqaat-il-Asfaar, pp. 87, 127)
Those who acquired blessings from this sacred house
Many people acquired blessings from this blessed house. The devotees of Prophet used to visit it, dignify and revere it, perform Zikr there, arrange gatherings of Milad there, mention the virtues and excellences of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم there, recite there Durood and Salam abundantly and would also use to witness the mercy of Allah Almighty.
1 The great Muhaddis, belonging to the era of six centuries ago, ‘Allamah Ibn Naasiruddin Dimashqi رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه (demise: 842 AH), states, ‘When I performed Hajj in 814 AH, then I paid a visit to this Masjid and beheld the place of the blessed birth. ‘زُرْتُ هٰذَا الْمَكَانَ الشَّرِيْفَ بِحَمْدِ اللّٰەِ تَعَالٰی وَالْمِنَّةِ وَتَبَرَّكْتُ بِهٖ’ i.e. اَلْحَمْدُلِلّٰە! I have beheld this blessed house and attained blessings from it. (Jami’-ul-Aasaar, vol. 2, pp. 752)
2 Shaykh-ul-Muhaddiseen, Imam ‘Abdur Raheem Bin Husain Iraqi رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه (demise: 806 AH) narrates: The mother of the caliph Haroon-ur-Rasheed, Khaizuraan, bought the house of the blessed birth of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and made it into a Masjid. People living there before that, state, ‘By Allah Almighty! We faced no calamity in this house nor did we need anything in it. When we left from here, then calamities befell upon us.’ (Al-Maurid-ul-Hanee, pp. 248)
Commentator of Sahih Bukhari, Sayyiduna Imam Ahmad Bin Muhammad Qastalani رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه (demise: 923 AH) states, ‘An experienced benefit out of the benefits of holding the Mahfil of Milad on the occasion of the blessed birth is that there remains peace throughout the year. May Allah Almighty shower mercy upon the one who turned the nights of the month of the blessed birth into Eid.’ (Mawahib-ul-Ladunniyyah, vol. 1, pp. 78)
3 Sayyiduna Shah Waliyyullah Muhaddis Dihlvi رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه (demise: 1176 AH) states, ‘I was present at the blessed place of birth of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم in Makkah Mu’azzamah at the occasion of Milad Shareef. Everyone was reciting Durood and Salam upon the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم and mentioning those out of norm things that were witnessed at the time of his birth along with the events that took place before the declaration of the Prophethood. Thereupon, I witnessed those Anwaar (i.e. spiritual effulgence) that were revealed upon that gathering all at once, and I cannot say whether I witnessed those Anwaar with my physical eyes or spiritual eyes. Allah Almighty knows the best. Anyhow, whatever matter took place, when I pondered upon the Anwaar and Tajalliyat (i.e. spiritual effulgence), then I found out that these Anwaar are being revealed by those angels who join these kinds of spiritual and blessed gatherings. Moreover, I also witnessed that the Anwaar emanating from them were joining the Anwaar of the mercy of Allah Almighty.’ (Fuyood-ul-Haramayn, pp. 26)
Imam Muhammad Bin Jaarullah Ibn Zaheer رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه (demise: 986 AH) writes on page no. 285 of his book “Al-Jami’-ul-Lateef” that it is the practice of the people of Makkah that every year on the night of 12th Rabi’-ul-Awwal, the Qadi of Makkah who is Shaafi’i, goes to visit the blessed place of birth of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم after Salat-ul-Maghrib with a huge crowd of people. Among those people are the Qadi, scholars and majority of the jurists of the other three branches of Fiqh (i.e. jurisprudence) and the people of the city. They carry chandeliers and big candles in their hands. (Al-Jami’-ul-Lateef, pp. 285, summarised)
Makkay mayn un ki ja`ay wiladat pay Ya Khuda
Phir chashm-e-ashkbar jamana naseeb ho
(Wasail-e-Bakhshish (amended), pp. 90)