Selam Ya Resulallah

By Lamija

Welcome, our greatest son
from the land of Arabia
and of noble lineage.
Welcome, our beloved nobleman
from the House of Hashim
and the noble tribe of Quraysh.

The greatest man that has ever walked on this Earth was the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. He was born in the Arabian city of Mecca, in 570. After the introduction of the Islamic, or Hijri, calendar, the correct date of the Prophet’s birth was calculated: the 12th of Rabi-al-Evvel. It is the third month of the Islamic calendar and celebrated as a holy month.

Mawlid an-Nabawi (the birth of the Prophet) was declared an official holiday in the Ottoman days although it was also celebrated in the early days of Islam, when the Tabi’un (generation of Muslims who followed Sahaba – companions of the Prophet) recited poetry in honour of the Prophet to the crowds. Muhammad (pbuh) used to fast on Mondays, saying he was born on that day and advised people to celebrate his birthday by fasting.

You gave strength to the weak
And made them rise to their feet
You rescued many nations from slavery.
Welcome, our dear noble educator,
our light (Noor) and our Savior.

Mawlid is celebrated in almost every Islamic country and in countries that have a significant Muslim population. Bosnia & Herzegovina is no different. In many Bosnian cities, the month of Rabi-al-Evvel is celebrated with many activities that fulfill the spiritual lives of the believers. The greatest celebration happens in the capital city, Sarajevo. The traditional manifestation called Selam ya Resulallah originated 15 years ago with an aim to celebrate the Prophet (pbuh) and increase people’s knowledge regarding his life. 

When Israfil (Angel) blows his Trumpet
and the world is put to sleep, 
and the good souls are saved
Only then will sinners reach out
to seek forth and embrace your hands;

The motto of this year’s manifestation comes from the 32nd verse of the Surah Maryam, “… and (made me) dutiful to my mother….,” in order to emphasize the kindness and love towards the mother. The goal is to bring people closer to their deepest feelings towards Muhammad (pbuh) and  remind them of the universal values from the Prophet’s life: love, coexistence, peace, and respect towards humans. As every year, the manifestation accentuates the birth of the Resulullah and reminds us of the final revelation of Allah (swt) – the Glorious Qur’an.

The heralds of the manifestation are red roses. Roses are a symbol of love, and the Prophet’s favourite scent was that of musk and roses. On the first night of Rabi-al-Evvel, roses are given away to people passing on the streets to remind them of the month of the Prophet’s birth and with an intent for them to send the blessing on the God’s most noble Messenger (pbuh) whenever they see a rose.

You came to serve all mankind
You loved all people as friends
You loved all creatures and Nature;
Young and the Old; Little and the Big.

The program of the manifestation is suited for all ages – from movie projections for kids, plays for the youth, and book promotions and poetry nights. Central mosques of Sarajevo municipalities are hosts of mawlid events where traditional poems regarding the Prophet’s life are recited, as well as the Qur’an. The content is useful to everyone: believers, non-believers, citizens and visitors. It should ennoble the souls, rejoice and soften them.

O Allah, Lord of this perfect call and established prayer, grant Muhammad (pbuh) the intercession and favor, and raise him to the honored station You have promised him, verily You do not neglect promises.