Maulidur Rasul to be celebrated on moderate scale

KUALA LUMPUR: Although there will be no parade this year to celebrate Prophet Muhammad’s birthday in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, various religious activities will be carried out on a moderate scale.

Muslim leaders have urged the community to spend the day engaging in prayer recitals and reading about the Prophet to learn more about him.

Kuala Lumpur-based preacher Syed Putra Haizam Shahabudin urged Muslims to “bring back” those who had strayed from the religion to the correct path.

“Family members, especially parents, should organise spiritual activities to draw their families closer to Allah and Islam.

“We live in a time of fitnah (slander) and corruption. It is the responsibility of all Muslims to protect themselves and their family members from getting caught up in immoral actions, ” he said.

Maulidur Rasul, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, is observed on the 12th day of Rabiulawal, which is the third month in the Islamic calendar. This year, it falls on Thursday.

Syed Putra Haizam said besides celebrating Maulidur Rasul at home with solawat (prayer) sessions and listening to tazkirah (talks) on Hayatussahabah (friends of the Prophet), Muslims should also listen to religious sermons on Facebook and YouTube.

Universiti Malaya Academy of Islamic Studies senior lecturer Dr Mohd Shahid Mohd Noh said Muslims must endeavour to continue learning about the Prophet.

“It is high time we recognise and emulate the Prophet’s noble personality, more so now that we are living in the midst of depravity, ” he said.

He said with information so readily available, there was no excuse for Muslims not to know the greatness of Prophet Muhammad.

Mohd Shahid said the older generation used to learn more about the Prophet by reciting the Maulid story as written by Abu Jaafar al-Barzanji, known as al-Barzanji/Dalail al-Khairat among the Malays. — Bernama

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