Let Them Rejoice!

{Say: In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy: therein let them rejoice. It is better than what they gather.}

{We sent thee not save as a mercy for all the words.}

{He it is Who sent among the unlettered ones a messenger of their own, to recite unto them His revelations, to purify them, and to teach them the Scripture and wisdom, though before that they were in clear error…That is the bounty of Allah; which He giveth unto whom He will. Allah is of Infinite Bounty.}

{Give thanks, O House of David, in the form of work!}

Abu Qatada al-Ansari said, “He was asked about the fast on Mondays. He said, ‘That is the day that I was born and that is the day I received the prophecy.'” (Sahih Muslim)

Ibn ‘Abbas said, “When the Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) came to Madina, he found that the Jews fasted ‘Ashura. They were asked about that and said, ‘This is the day in which Allah gave Moses and the tribe of Israel victory over Pharaoh and we fast it out of esteem for it,’ The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, ‘We are more entitled to Moses than you,’ and he commanded that it be fasted.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)

The Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said that Allah (most great) says, ‘All the actions that a human being does are his, with the exception of fasting, which is Mine. I reward it.” (Sahih al-Bukhari).

“The Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, ‘Fast, for it has no equal.'” (Ahmad and al-Nasa’i).

{And all We relate to you of the stories of the Messengers is that with which We make your heart firm}

{Remind them of the days of Allah}

{Peace on him (Yahya) the day he was born, and the day he dies and the day he shall be raised alive!}

{Peace on me (Jesus) the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!}

Ibn Abbas said, “The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, ‘Two days of eid (Friday and Eid) have coincided today.'” (Sunan Ibn Majah)

Uthman bin Affan said, “O People, on this day, two eids (Friday and Eid) have coincided.” (Sahih al-Bukhari and Muwatta’ Malik)

Ibn Abbas said, “The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, ‘The best day over which the Sun ever rose is Friday. In it Adam was created, and in it he entered Paradise, and in it he was taken out of it.” (Sahih Muslim)

Ibn Abbas said, “The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) used to recite in the Fajr Prayer of Friday [surat al-Sajda] and [surat al-Insan].” (Sahih Muslim)

“The reason these two suras are recited in the Fajr Prayer on the day of Friday is because in these two suras there is mention of the creation of Adam (may Allah bless him and grant him peace), and he was created on Friday. It is as if he (the Messenger of Allah) wanted to spread mention of this event among the worshipers on the day of Friday.” – The hadith scholar Al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi (d. circa 320 A.H.).

“The earth flourished with greenery, the drought went, and pastures became good. A caller called out about the nearness of his appearance, God’s peace and blessings be upon him! The animals of the land and sea gave each other glad tidings, and the angels rejoiced for the nearing appearance of the light of his beauty. The Jinn cheered that his birth was drawing near, God’s peace and blessings be upon him, and clear physical blessings appeared everywhere!

How could that not be, when it was time for the appearance of the Prophet of truth and salvation? This was narrated by the hadith scholars in correct narrations that were accepted by the ummah, and with which the most trustworthy imams were content.

Oh Allah, send blessings, peace, and salutations upon our liegelord and master Muhammad, the best of creation, and upon his family, with every glance and every breath, as many times as all that is contained in the knowledge of Allah.” – Shaykh Salih al-Ja’fari, al-Seera al-Nabawiyya al-Muhammadiyya.

 

See also: Celebrating Muhammad

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