From Our Special Correspondent
SILCHAR, January 4: Thousands of Muslims today turned out from this town and villages across Cachar for a colourful procession to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohammed under the aegis of Cachar district Ahle Sunt Wal Jamat and other various organisations. The holiest of holyday was observed with all enthusiasm and gaiety. People of all ages took part in the procession that began from the Itkhola idgah and after parading through the main streets of this town concluded at Madhurband. began.
With the break of dawn, the devoted Muslims in their best of warm attires and riding well decorated two, four and six wheelers as well as on foot with holy and devotiol songs and recitations from Quran blaring out from mikes formed part of the long and unending mobile procession. There was all around joy and happiness and the people looked cheerful to recall the great soul and sacrifices of the Prophet for the peace and prosperity of mankind in general.
Quite significantly, the devotees carried play–cards and banners which read the messages of Prophet Mohammed and Quran. The whole atmosphere looked refreshing and sacrosanct. It was in fact quite in the perspective of today’s violence hit world that the messages called upon one and all to ‘love mankind,’ ‘patience is genius’ ‘love Allah to love all’ ‘give up hatred, envy and deception’, ‘faithful person alone is saviour of all in distress’, and ‘Islam is the religion of peace’. Another banner defines Islam as ‘I shall love all mankind’
Javed Miadad Laskar, secretary, Yuva Ahle Sunt ul Jamat speaking about the great Prophet said Abu al–Qasim Muhammad was a religious, political, and military leader from Mecca who unified Arabia into a single religious polity under Islam. He is believed by Muslims to be a messenger and prophet of God and, by most Muslims, the last prophet sent by God for mankind, he pointed out.
Born in about 570 in the Arabian city of Mecca, he was orphaned at an early age and brought up under the care of his uncle Abu Talib. At the age of 40, he received his first revelation from God. Javed Miadad added to say three years after this event, Muhammad started preaching these revelations publicly, proclaiming that “God is One”, that complete “surrender” to Him is the only way acceptable to God, and that he himself was a prophet and messenger of God in the same vein as other Islamic prophets.
Continuing he said Muhammad gained few followers early on, and was met with hostility from some Meccan tribes; he and his followers were treated harshly.To escape persecution, Muhammad sent some of his followers to Abyssinia before he and his followers in Mecca migrated to Medi (then known as Yathrib) in the year 622. This event, the Hijra, marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar, which is also known as the Hijri Calendar. In Medi, Muhammad united the tribes under the Constitution of Medi. After eight years of fighting with the Meccan tribes, his followers, who by then had grown to 10,000, took control of Mecca in the largely peaceful Conquest of Mecca. He destroyed the pagan idols in the city and then sent his followers out to destroy all of the remaining pagan temples in Eastern Arabia.
In 632, a few months after returning to Medi from The Farewell Pilgrimage, Muhammad fell ill and died. Javed Miadad pointed out the revelations which Muhammad reported receiving until his death form the verses of the Quran are regarded by Muslims as the “Word of God” and around which the religion is based. Besides the Quran, Muhammad’s life and traditions are also upheld by Muslims as the sources of Sharia Law. Miadad said in order to make the holiest of holy day remarkable and eventful, Milad Mehfil would be observed in all madrassas and masjids.