by Crescent International (Letters To The Editor, Crescent International Vol. 43, No. 11, Rabi' al-Awwal, 1436)
While celebrating the birthday of two great Prophets of Allah, the question that must be addressed in earnest is why are so many people killing each other and indulging in other violent acts.
Christians have just celebrated Christmas (birthday of Prophet ‘Isa – a) while Muslims will be celebrating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in a few days’ time. We must ask: is it worth celebrating when their followers are at each other’s throats — killing, maiming, raping, and committing all sorts of atrocities of the most inhuman kind — far, far away, nay completely opposite of the teachings of the Prophets (a), are being committed.
As we celebrate, we lie in the name of the Lord of the two Prophets (a) we profess faith in. As we celebrate, we lay to waste the God-given land: we pollute the waters, we abuse the environment, and we harm the animals. As we celebrate, we take what differentiates us as a mercy from our Lord as a God-given right to exterminate our neighbors. As we celebrate, the wombs that gave us birth are used as weapons of mass destruction. Is there anything to celebrate?
We should stop deceiving ourselves, for the Lord of Adam (our father), Noah, Abraham (a friend and an Ummah), Ismail, Jacob, Solomon, Moses, Jesus (the Spirit of humility) and Muhammad (the Comforter) — May Allah’s (swt) mercy and blessing on them all — is swift in recompense. Indeed a great humiliation in their name we profess. What an irony!