Went to a family friends gathering, related to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). One of the speakers who came was some really big scholar from Pakistan and his topic was on the celebration of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)’s birthday (Milad). While I have my own stance on the celebration (note my going does not necessarily mean I support or don’t support the celebration- it was a family invite), I do have to humbly disagree with the manner the topic was presented. With due respect for the speaker, for around 2 hours straight, his topic was on persuading us (the audience) and ESPECIALLY the youth, that the celebration is acceptable in Islam.
This isn’t directed towards anyone specially, but I strongly believe that in our times, when picking out topics for lectures, talks, discussions, etc. we should try our best to pick out topics that are easily relatable to situations and problems in our society. We can talk about the length of the beard, celebrations, and other such topics in happier times. Right now, people are on the verge of leaving Islam, families are breaking apart, the youth are committing horrendous sins; right now we need lectures that are presented in a way where people don’t just sit and listen to a lecture, but actually retain it and use it to win an internal battle within their hearts.
Going back to the talk today, I personally believe that if the topic was on how to “be like the Prophet PBUH” and learning to deal with our struggles from his life, would be of more benefit then a stance on why the celebration of Prophet Muhammad PBUH is allowed or not allowed. Not only would we be appreciating the Prophet pbuh, we could use and implement his life, in our own lives.
Again not directed towards anyone or group specifically, just food for thought. Allah knows best.