“Oh, they are preparing for the Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi? (Birth anniversary of Holy Prophet, Muhammad p.b.u.h)” An inner reply solved my mystery.
“If he (PBUH) had been alive, would he have been happy to see our love for him?” A question popped up in my mind.
“No, he (PBUH) must be very unhappy and sad for two things.
One, we have added something new to our religion that he hadn’t introduced himself as part of religion. It is called BIDDAT in Islam, which is a sin.
Second, he would be upset on the waste of money that was spent on décor when the country is full of poverty, ignorance and illiteracy.” The answer was clear as crystal.
Wish we had spent this money on feeding people, helping them making better arrangements to be warm in severe cold, on supporting poor kids by paying for their education, on mending roads, on providing medical treatment for the poor and/or old people, on opening job/skill trainings to men and women to be independent financially and so on. This way, we would have deserved to be more related to our prophet, MUHAMMAD (PBUH).
Similarly, rather than holding pretentious gatherings as Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, how better to plan meetings regularly (monthly/bimonthly/trimonthly) on our family/friends/town levels, where we refresh the teachings of Holy Prophet. As a special feature, we should focus on his spirit of serving mankind. Implementing his spirit practically, we should think of projects that can spread education and eliminate poverty in our surroundings, no matter how small acts they are. It will motivate people to be caring and empathic about people around them, and, participating in the social work on any level which is possible for them. Thus, we would have attained real fulfillment as a true follower of Islam and lover of Holy Prophet (PBUH).