The National University of Singapore Muslim Society held an event called Maulidurrasul 2012 on the 3rd and 6th of February 2012 for its second year running. The overall theme was Rasulullah: Uswah Hasanah. The events were held at Masjid Tentera and Prince George’s Park Function Room 5 respectively, and were open to members of the public and students from the other institutions.
The event on the 3rd kicked off with the arrival of Habib Hassan al-Attas, who is the current head and imam of the Ba’alawie Mosque. He led the opening recitation of the Mawlid ad-Daibaie and gave a short talk directed specifically to the student community. He emphasized that the purpose of education is nothing else but to produce a good man, and that education ultimately shapes good character. The event then paused to give way to ‘Isha prayers, and subsequently resumed with a lecture by Ustaz Abd Halim Abd Karim. The lecture delivered was very systematic as Ustaz Halim progressed towards explaining Surah 158 of Surah Al-‘Araf which meant:
“Say: O people! Surely I am the Apostle of Allah to you all, of Him Whose is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth there is no God but He; He brings to life and causes to die therefore believe in Allah and His apostle, the Ummi Prophet who believes in Allah and His words, and follow him so that you may walk in the right way.”
The event concluded with renowned local qasidah ensemble group Madeehul Mustafa rendering some qasidahs in praise of the noble Prophet, followed by a dinner reception. The event received a lot of positive feedback from the attendees. Many of them came forward to thank the organisers for hosting the Mawlid. Through this event and talks, we managed to send across a message to our Muslim community about the importance of being close to the people of knowledge and holding a high esteem for our Prophet.
The event on the 6th centered on a poem in praise of the Prophet called the Qasidah al-Burdah, written by the eminent Egyptian sufi Imam al-Busiri from the 13th century. It is 10 chapters long and consists of 160 verses. The following verses from chapter 3 of the poem entitled “On the Praise of the Prophet” are particularly meaningful with regards to the overall Maulidurrasul 2012 theme:
53. How noble are the physical qualities of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam, adorned with good character.
54. (Who) was vested with beauty and disguised by pleasant temperament.
55. (He) is like a blooming flower in its freshness and the full moon in splendour.
56. And the ocean in generosity and time its fearless courage.
The Qasidah al-Burdah was delivered by Ustaz Feisal along with his group with percussion instruments from the Khadijah Mosque. The event wrapped up with a dinner reception.
Our event received all of its inputs from various members of the community, ranging from sponsors to volunteers, and ultimately, returned back to them in benefiting the community.