Bismillah Hirrahman Nirrahim.
Allahumma solli ala’ saiyidina Muhammad wa ala’ alihi saiyidina wa maulana Muhammad.
23 Hours: Journey of Love – Journey Like No Other
The month of January saw the NUS Muslim Society (NUSMS) celebrating the blessed birth month of Rasulullah s.a.w – Rabiul Awwal. Celebrated as part of the NUSMS’s annual calendar of events, Mawlid 1436H aimed to celebrate (in remembrance) the birth of Rasulullah s.a.w to this world as a blessing to all of Allah’s creations (Rahmatan Lil Alamin). Mawlid 1436H’s 14-men committee also strived to encourage ourselves (before others) to inculcate and strengthen the love for Rasulullah s.a.w within and beyond the NUS populace.
This year, our theme for Mawlid 1436H is “23 Hours: Journey of Love”. This series of events were made up of four segments which totalled up to 23 hours – a symbol of the 23 years Rasulullah s.a.w took to spread Islam since his Prophethood. Read on to follow us through this journey of love!
17th January – Learn & Lead: Syamail Workshop + Archery Tag
First impression counts and leaves the largest impact, they said. Participants of our very first Mawlid 1436H series spent a huge part of the Saturday for our first instalment – Learn & Lead. Held at the Prince George’s Park Residences, participants spent the morning with Ustaz Zahid Mohd Zain, a well-established youth speaker who constantly inspire youths to emulate Rasulullah s.a.w. In this session, Ustaz introduced to us some literatures that he deems suitable for participants to read more to know our Ultimate Role Model deeper. In addition, he demonstrated some of Rasulullah’s s.a.w daily practices such as using the siwak, his walking technique, how he tied his turban and the list goes on. Also, he briefly described several Hadiths which taught us about how Rasulullah s.a.w looked including his hair-do, his facial features and his seal of Prophethood (Khatamun Nabawi). Indeed, three hours were insufficient to explain elaborately but it was definitely a good introduction to Syamail!
That was not the end of the day. Following this information-packed session, participants went for a sweat-it-out archery tag session. This session allowed participants to experience a team sport which, in turn, allowed them to take turns to lead the team. Besides leading a team and creating new ties, this session allowed participants to indulge in a fun activity while playing a sport that Rasulullah s.a.w loved as iterated in the following Hadith, narrated from Hazrat Ibn Umar (r.a) in which our Rasulullah s.a.w said “Teach your children swimming, archery and horse riding”. Not only that, participants also partook in a side activity where they learnt some facts about the wars that Rasulullah s.a.w led during his Prophethood. Look at the photo below; they sure looked like they had some rollin’ good time in the battleground!
21st January – The Man of Perfect Character
Second time’s a charm, we hoped. Mawlid 1436H greeted the following week with a simple talk by Ustaz Zahid Mohd Zain again. Following his first Syamail workshop, Ustaz moved on to bring participants several very useful tips that students like us can emulate to excel holistically. Held at LT34 on a Wednesday night, this talk saw an almost-full LT all eager to learn more about Rasulallah s.a.w or The Man of Perfect Character, as we termed him that night. One of the main takea-ways for participants was how Rasulullah s.a.w was deeply present in every moment. When talking to people, he gave his undivided attention to them. When in prayers with Allah s.w.t, he was very khusyu’ and voided his thoughts of any other worldly things.
Prior to the talk, we welcomed our brothers from Muhibbur Rasul Qasidah team (Madrasah Aljunied Al-Islamiah) to serenade some beautifully-written Qasidahs and Selawat. Ustaz Zahid also wrapped his talk with an emotional reflection session where he made us reflect about how distant we are to Rasulullah s.a.w despite how much length Rasulullah s.a.w had gone through to spread Islam. It was definitely an end that pulled the heartstrings of everyone present.
24th January – Community Involvement Programme: The Ideal Mentor
Rasulullah s.a.w was a servant leader. He was not only an ideal leader, but he was on the ground and he constantly went out of his way to serve others, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Stories after stories have been narrated about his service towards others. As such, the Mawlid 1436H felt that this Mawlid series would be incomplete if we do not do our part for our needy counterparts.
Volunteers of this involvement programme spent the morning at Darussalam Mosque to share with one another why we should emulate Rasulullah s.a.w as our Ideal Mentor. Volunteers were also shown several videos by several scholars about Rasulullah s.a.w being an orphan and the reasons why it is important for us to serve the orphans.
Following this sharing session, we headed down to Darul Ihsan Lilbanat Orphanage Home. It was not a mere visit. Instead, volunteers and committee members mingled and participated in a series of games with the male and female teenage residents. These hands-on games were designed with the sole over-arching objective of making Rasulullah s.a.w our main role model and our ideal mentor. This was indeed not only a chance for us to inspire the residents to learn and love Rasulullah s.a.w, but in actuality, we were inspired as well and we have learnt much more from the residents.
30th January – Grand Mawlid: Thank You, Ya Rasulullah!
Every good thing must come to its end. But to us, this Grand Mawlid, though final in nature was not the end, this was just the beginning to an even bigger and better love for Rasulullah s.a.w inshaaAllah. In collaboration with Tentera Mosque, we spent the final four hours there for the Grand Mawlid.
As part of the programme line-up, guests were greeted with pearls of wisdom from two respected scholars – Ustaz Iqbal Abdullah and Ustaz Nuzhan. Stories of Rasulullah’s s.a.w sacrifice and love for his Ummah were told to us as reminders of how thankful we should be to this man called Muhammad s.a.w. Following the talks, Tentera Mosque’s Qasidah team summed up the event with various selawat and qasidahs including Mahalul Qiyam as well as aqiqah (shaving of a newborn’s hair).
Once we have filled ourselves with food for the soul, guests ended the session by eating together – which is also a Sunnah that Rasulullah s.a.w advocated as narrated in the following Hadith narrated by Ibn Majah “Eat together and not separately, for the blessing is associated with the company.”
Mawlid 1436H’s committee truly hopes that this series have helped you and us, in one way or another, to clinch everlasting love towards Rasulullah s.a.w. It may not be a huge jump in our love but what is important is to constantly seek knowledge about the Deen, Allah s.w.t and Rasulullah s.a.w so that we can Istiqomah (practise continuously) in our strive towards Allah’s s.w.t pleasure, inshaaAllah.
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Signing off, with lots of love (not just 23 Hours worth),
The Mawlid 1436H Commitee