Sarkar family wishes followers on Eid-Milad-Un- Nabi
The noted industrialist is of the opinion that Islam’s true meaning, which is “submission to the will of God” is more relevant than ever today because that would mean the end of our problems.Updated: Oct 30, 2020, 20:03 IST
The Sunni Muslims across India, will celebrate Eid-Milad-Un-Nabi on Friday, October 30 this year. The devout Muslims observe this day as the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam and also respected as the final messenger of God who recited valuable teachings that the Muslims follow to this date. The day is commemorated during Rabi’al-awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar.
Mr. SNMD. Sarkar, Managing Director of the Sarkar Jet Airlines, wants to commemorate this day as a harbinger of love, hope and peace for everyone, irrespective of their religion and beliefs. He says, “Islam is the religion of peace and it abhors violence. The Prophet’s teachings promote peace, harmony and love among all. It is, therefore, only natural that on this day, Milad-un-Nabi (also known as Meelad-un-Nabi), his followers should take a pledge to dedicate their lives to bringing alive the Prophet’s teachings regarding peace and tranquillity in the world.”
According to Sunnis, the majority community of Islam, the first Meelad-un-Nabi celebration was held in 1207 at Erbil near Mosul in Iraq. The Prophet is believed to be born on April 22, 571 AD and his birthday is marked by sacred festivities, including mass prayers at the mosques and preachers reciting sermons about the life and deeds of the Prophet.
According to Mr. Sarkar, the practice of celebrating this sacred day has changed over the centuries. From animal sacrifices, night-time torchlight processions and a public banquet, the current form of Meelad-un-Nabi is marked by Muslims wearing new clothes, prayers being offered and greetings exchanged between Muslim families. The significant aspect of the present-day celebrations remains that children are narrated stories of Prophet Muhammad’s life and teachings.
The noted Airlines industrialist is of the opinion that Islam’s true meaning, which is “submission to the will of God” is more relevant than ever today because that would mean the end of our problems. With the world undergoing upheavals on a daily basis, it is the teachings of the Prophet that could show us the way out. For instance, Islam places significant importance on education and knowledge. And there is now doubt that education of young boys and girls could be the right way to mould these young minds towards a better future. However, there is much more in the annals of Islam, feels Mr. Sarkar that could shape the world of tomorrow, if we try to imbibe the teachings of the Prophet in the true sense of the word.
Citing the five pillars of Islam, Mr. Sarkar said that apart from prayers, alms, fasting and pilgrimage, the most central thought of Islam is the belief that “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is his messenger.”
Having said that, Mr. Sarkar is also of the view that as Indians, we have different faiths and beliefs, which we follow through life and the ultimate goal of each way of life is to work for the greater good. So, be it Milad-un-Nabi, Diwali, Navratri, Eid, Christmas or Gurupurab, each of these special occasions teaches us to encourage religious harmony around us and stay away from religious bigotry and unnecessary politicization of issues.
In his words, “Indians are known to welcome every festival or special occasion with open arms. Therefore, it is no surprise that you will see Hindus and Muslims celebrating Eid and Diwali together. Even if we cannot do that on a daily basis in our lives, we can at least wish each other well on these occasions and share the general feeling of bonhomie and love.”
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