CAIRO – As world Muslims planned special events and processions marking the birth of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), American Muslims have organized several events to sermons to revive the Prophet’s Sunnah and teachings.
“Prophet Muhammad is the most important figure in the daily lives of observant Muslims,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations — Michigan, who plans to discuss Prophet’s life at several events.
“Our social etiquette and religious rituals to our view regarding engaging our societies is based upon his character, his spirituality and ethics.”
Citing Prophet Muhammad's instructions of helping needy people, Walid said: "He was extremely focused on paying attention to the marginalized in the society and those who were indigent.”
“I would like to see us as Muslims recommit ourselves even more to helping people even more in our area that are suffering right now.”
During the previous days, Detroit Muslims have been organizing large gatherings, prayers, and sermons on Islam and Prophet's life to celebrate the glorious birthday.
Attending two events on Monday, January 13, Seydi Sarr, a Senegalese-American from Detroit said, "Looking at the prophet’s life is definitely meaningful."
“I can remember him and try to emulate the strength he had or try to work myself up to that level,” Sarr, added.
The Prophet’s birth falls on the 12th day of Rabi-ul-Awwal (the third month in the Islamic calendar). This year, it falls on Monday, January 13.
Many Muslims see the prophet’s birthday as an important time to learn about and reflect on Muhammad’s life.
Lectures and speeches are often recorded and published as podcasts.
Around the world, celebrations of the prophet’s birthday include stalls selling Islamic books, leaflets, clothing, prayer mats and other materials.
Highlighting the universal call of Islam, the Islamic Organization of North America in Michigan's Warren announced a conference on Saturday, January 25, to pay tribute to the Prophet (pbuh).
"Here in North America where it’s so diverse, it is important for them to remember the prophet and his message and carry on his message," said imam Steve Mustapha Elturk, the president of the conference.
"There are many lessons to draw from his life.”
Titled, "We have not sent you but as a Mercy to the worlds," the annual commemorative conference aims to revive the diverse call of Muhammad (pbuh).
Dearborn Muslims have also organized a tribute dinner at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn to commemorate the Islamic occasion.
The dinner was organized by center’s Young Muslim Association, “From Darkness to Light” last Saturday.
“Through these testimonials we hope to portray the qualities ... so that we can all strive to emulate them," said Sura Hassan, an adviser with the group.
"Qualities such as love of God, patience, justice, love for the neighbor, enjoining what is good, care for the elderly, selflessness and more."
The United States is home to a Muslim minority of between six to eight million.
A recent survey found that American Muslims are the most moderate around the world.
It also showed that US Muslims generally express strong commitment to their faith and tend not to see an inherent conflict between being devout and living in a modern society.
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