3rd Month - Rabi Al-Awwal – The Birth of the Beloved

Rabi’ Al-Awwal

What is Rabi’ Al-Awwal ?

The Blessed month of Rabi’ Al-Awwal is an important month in the Islamic Calendar as it marks the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). There are so many precious and beautiful aspects of the Sunnah of the blessed Prophet (PBUH) that we can benefit from and strive to embody all year round. For example, The Prophet (PBUH) was an orphan and looking after orphans is a highly rewarding Sunnah.

Rabi’ Al-Awwal is the third month in the Islamic calendar and a significant time for Muslims, as it is the birth month of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who would change the course of humanity forever.

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) was born an orphan, in Makkah in 570 CE, and is described by Allah (SWT) as a mercy to the worlds:

“It was only as a mercy that We sent you (Prophet) to all people.” (Qur’an, 21:107)


Why is Rabi’ Al-Awwal important to Muslims?

Unlike some other sacred months in the Islamic calendar, such as Dhul Hijjah and Ramadan, Rabi’ Al-Awwal is important, but there are not any specific or required acts of worship for Muslims during this blessed month.

Instead, Rabi’ Al-Awwal is another opportunity to reflect on the importance of our Prophet (PBUH) and the role he has played for Muslims for the expanse of Islamic history.

It is also the month in which the beloved Prophet (PBUH) passed away.

It has been relayed that the Prophet (PBUH) was born on a Monday, but there remain differing opinions on the exact birth date of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Some suggest he (SAW) was born on the 12th day of Rabi’ Al-Awwal.

Whilst it is not obligatory to fast on Mondays, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) recommended it as part of his Sunnah:

The Messenger of Allah (SAW) was asked about fasting on Mondays, whereupon he said: “On it, I was born and on it, revelation was sent down to me.” (Muslim)


Virtues of Rabi’ Al-Awwal

There are countless virtues that we have inherited from the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The month of Rabi’ Al-Awwal also provides us the opportunity to reflect and take stock of the lessons we can derive from his precious life.

Reflect on the legacy of the Prophet (PBUH)

The birth of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the advent of Islam changed the course of history.

Allah (SWT) guided humanity through the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the best of creation, to revolutionise the rights of women and oppressive structures within society. The impact he made during his lifetime created foundations of good for the rest of time.

Read the Seerah of the Prophet (PBUH)

The Seerah (life story) of the Prophet (PBUH) is incredibly valuable, and an opportunity to learn from how the Prophet (PBUH) navigated through both momentous challenges and blessings. Importantly, it also situates a lot of the revelation provided to the Prophet (PBUH) by Allah (SWT).

What better time to embark on learning from the life of the Prophet (PBUH) than the month of his birth?

Reflect on the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH)

There are so many precious and beautiful Sunnah of the blessed prophet (PBUH) that we can benefit from and strive to embody all year round.

  1. Muharram – The Month of Allah
  2. Safar – The Month of Distinction
  3. Rabi Al-Awwal – The Birth of the Beloved
  4. Rabi Al-Thani
  5. Jamada Al-Awwal
  6. Jamada Al-Thani
  7. RajabA Sacred Month
  8. Sha’banThe Neglected Month
  9. Ramadan – The Month of Fasting
  10. Shawwal – The Month of Reward
  11. Dhul Qadah – A Sacred Month
  12. Dhul Hijjah – The 10 Best Days (The Month of Hajj)
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