This man is the seal of the prophets; the most beloved to Allah, and to all Muslims specifically, and to many non-Muslims in general, and this man is Prophet Mohammad ibn Abd Allah ibn Abd Al-Muṭṭalib. He was sent with a message of faith, ethics and mercy to change the minds and hearts of those living in the Age of Ignorance. He was the most influential and successful human being to ever set foot on earth. He’s the only person that Allah obligates Angels and Muslims to praise, as mentioned in Surat Al-Ahzab.
Though this conference was not a conventional celebration where you’ll see fireworks and such, it was a celebration of the way of life of the Prophet PBUH. The best way to remember such a great man is by remembering his dealings with his family, with his companions, with other people whether they were Muslims, Christians, Jews, or even people of no faith, and pagan people who worship idols.
To commemorate the event, the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA) presented the 5th Annual Sirah Conference at IONA Centerin Warren, Michigan. Speaker Dr. Munawar Haque talked about how Prophet Mohammad was sent as a mercy to mankind, to bring the people out of the ignorance (jahiliyah) that they were in, from worshiping idols to worshipping the Creator Himself and not associate anyone with Him. Imam Dawud Walid gave a second speech in which he talked about Prophet Mohammad’s life and about him being a Sheppard of the flock, which needs catering to because sheep are meek animals that require taking care of, and looking after their needs of food, water, etc. He also discussed how the Prophet honored agreements with Muslims and non-Muslims.
Imam Mustapha Elturk gave valuable insights and information dealing with the subject of Prophet Mohammad’s vast knowledge that we have to learn from, quoting the Prophet as saying “Let be there an Uma that will rise and take the mission of da’wa to do good.” Imam Elturk continued on by saying that although there are many Muslims, there are many within the Muslims who are not practicing, and we as fellow Muslims have the responsibility to steer them to the right path. Muslims are obligated to spread da’wa to non-Muslims as well, that is our duty in life. “People are divided into two groups, the majority and the minority, when giving da’wa you can’t neglect anyone, and must convey the message to all.”
The attendance for the conference was very good, from men and women. After the end of the conference, Isha prayer was performed and then food was served. At the end of the conference Imam Dawud Walid, the Executive Director of the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI), made an announcement about the 2012 CAIR-MI Annual Banquet that will be held at the Islamic Center of America (ICA) on March 25th with Keynote Speaker Sahar Aziz and guest speaker Siraj Wahhaj.