Lecture: Family, Marriage, and Islam

These are some of the notes I’ve transcribed from this lecture, which is part of a week-long lecture series on the life of the Prophet (PBUH). This is a very important topic that has been summarized greatly to fit into such a short lecture – hopefully this post will inspire some readers to continue researching on what other tips our Prophet PBUH can offer for a successful marriage and family. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of religion on the building of a family or the strengthening of a marriage.

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My View on Mawlid (Final)

Since the month of rabiul-awal is upon us, I figured that this would be a good time to throw in some additional points, and hopefully round up the discussion as well.

Brief background of the issue: Mawlidu n-nabiyyi translates to “Birth of the Prophet”. Some have been taught in madrasahs that our Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) was born on the 12 of Rabiul-Awal (though some contend that this fact is false). As such, some Muslims “celebrate” this occasion (this day is also declared a public holiday by some Muslim-majority countries), but the method of celebration differs according to societies – some go on street festival-like processions, while others attend gatherings to provide Shalawat (or, praises) to to the Prophet. Sometimes, poetry is read. However some assert that such celebrations are acts of bid’ah, and hence are forbidden. In this discussion, I define bid’ah to be acts of worship that are not found or are not in line with the Quran and/or Sunnah.

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