Every year, the month of Rabi^ al-Awwal brings with it the fragrant tones and shades of the memory of the honorable birth of Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam. The birth of the last prophet and best of all creations was a beacon of light shining in the vast desert, spreading throughout the entire world. His birth turned the sun-scorched desert into a garden that leads to Paradise, providing the world with the glittering brilliance of Islam. His message altered the course of the world, from prevailing dungeons of ignorance into sparkling gardens of knowledge and belief. Those who followed his message were raised from the pits of sinfulness to the proud peaks of obedience. Those who genuinely follow his message shall be bestowed with the everlasting enjoyments of Paradise.
Celebrating the birth of our Master Muhammad is a sound, gratifying, and rewarding practice, for it reflects our delight for the birth of the one whom Allah sent as a mercy for us. The purpose of selecting and translating this work is to highlight to the readers the scholars’ support for the practice of celebrating the birth of the Prophet and their reasons for judging it as a good and rewardable innovation.