Happy birthday, happy birthday to you. Thinking about our birthday, we don’t really have to look for it in the calendar to observe it right? But how sure are we that it rolls back the year ? Is it the same day and month that we were born? Have we ever give a thought about it? Pause. Most of us would have the word ‘NO’ lingering in our mind right now.
Does anyone know how and when was the Gregorian calendar started? Read this : [The Gregorian calendar, also called the Western calendar and the Christian calendar, is internationally the most widely used civil calendar. It is named after Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in 1582. Source wikipedia].
It has been mentioned in the Holy Koran, sura At Tawbah: Verse 36
Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months in the register of Allah [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred. That is the correct religion, so do not wrong yourselves during them. And fight against the disbelievers collectively as they fight against you collectively. And know that Allah is with the righteous [who fear Him].
Indeed, the postponing [of restriction within sacred months] is an increase in disbelief by which those who have disbelieved are led [further] astray. They make it lawful one year and unlawful another year to correspond to the number made unlawful by Allah and [thus] make lawful what Allah has made unlawful. Made pleasing to them is the evil of their deeds; and Allah does not guide the disbelieving people.
Farewell Sermon by Prophet Muhammad SAW :
O people, intercalating a month is an increase in unbelief whereby the unbelievers go astray; one year they make it profane, and hallow it another, [in order] to agree with the number that God has hallowed, and so profane what God has hallowed, and hallow what God has made profane.
Time has completed its cycle [and is] as it was on the day that God created the heavens and the earth.
The number of the months with God is twelve: [they were] in the Book of God on the day He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are sacred, the three consecutive [months] and the Rajab [which is called the month of] Muḍar, which is between Jumādā [II] and Sha‘bān
Now, why these verses and hadith is made as reference here?
We have been claiming ourselves Muslims by performing our duties i.e. 5 pillars of Islam right?
But then, what about the rest of the guidance in the Holy Koran? What had been written here is a simple guidance which we failed to adhere entirely.
We have been introduced to Hijri calendar aren’t we? Does anyone can immediately give an answer if been asked the Hijri calendar date today? I guess most of us can’t.
What I’m trying to suggest here is quite simple. Lets go back to the Holy Koran. Being a knowledgeable Muslim is vital. Let’s educate ourselves by learning and understand the Holy Koran instead of reading alone so we may educate our children and pass it on to the next generation .
Let us switch our focus to the Hijri calendar to observe our birthday, to start with.
Let us make it a habit and get use to it. Feel the importance of it in our life.
There are so many things to be learnt. The months, dates, events and celebrations. Let us ingrain it in our mind.
Imagine if one day we come across this sort of asking :
‘Mum/Dad, can you tell me why we have to observe the night of Nisfu Syaa’ban? We wouldn’t want to go something like….’ Aaa..ermm..I am not quite sure about that if I’m being honest (Haha!) well let me get back to you on this son..’ OR
‘..it is a very auspicious night in Islam as Allah mentioned in the Holy Koran verse….’.
Which answer do we prepare for our children?
It’s our call!
Now, wanna celebrate your birthday?? Which date that crossed your mind right now??
Prophet Muhammad SAW said ‘Beware of Satan, for the safety of your religion. He has lost all hope that he will ever be able to lead you astray in your major actions, so beware of following him in your minor actions.’
(It’s pure simple : we became Satan the moment A knowledge is ignored.)
Come on folk. ‘ All the small things, true care truth brings ‘.
This article is written by Mohamed Raffi Bin Mohammed Shariff