At its core, Islam teaches that all human beings, rich or poor, young or old, are equal
Today is Eid-e-Miladunnabi -- a most momentous occasion for Muslims worldwide.
On this day in 570, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was born, and it is also the day he departed from the worldly realm.
Eid-e-Miladunnabi, a public holiday for most Muslim-majority countries, is a day for solemn reflection, an occasion to ponder upon the unfathomable depth of the Prophet’s teachings -- teachings that are more pertinent today than ever before.
It is also an opportunity to study his approach to life, an approach that would serve as the model for all future Muslims -- embodying all the virtues required to be, first and foremost, a principled, dignified, and pious human being.
This is a day which calls for prayer. This is a day which calls for organized gatherings to discuss the birth, life, and message of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). This is a day for charity, for exalting the ego, for looking inwards, for meditation on our purpose in this lifetime.
The influences of the Prophet’s (pbuh) teaching are inestimable -- Islam, with close to two billion followers, makes up about 25% of the population of the planet, and continues to be the fastest growing religion worldwide.
This is a testament to the egalitarian belief system of Islam -- at its core, it teaches that all human beings, rich or poor, young or old, are equal, and deserve to be treated with the same respect afforded to any other.
And it is a necessity, that we remember, now more so than ever, in an increasingly polarized world, the true teachings of Islam, and the words of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
We wish a meaningful and spiritually satisfying Eid-e-Miladunnabi to all our readers.