THE START OF IT ALL
It was a time when Muslims were losing their identity ,their roots where being corroded, Hinduism and its culture was quickly setting in, slowly but surely the Muslims were losing their way. As a measure of redefining the Muslims and preventing them from outright kufr, some concepts were being dispensed to them so that they do not lose sight of what keeps them as Muslims. It was for this reason that these customs were introduced, not as a goal, rather as a means to an objective.
THE METAPHORICAL ASPECTS HIDDEN BEHIND SOME OF THE CUSTOMS
This celebration of the birth of the Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam was actually meant to reinforce that reverence for the Sunnah, and to lead to the understanding of the Sunnah being a light in a world of darkness leading one to hold on to that light. It was done to bring true love and practise of the Beautiful Sunnah in our daily lives.
THE SAINTS AND THEIR GRAVES
This was actually meant to reinforce that gratitude towards those who were a means of Deen reaching them which would in turn lead to gratitude to Allah. This was meant to rekindle that love and respect which would thus keep them aloof from adopting the ways of the kuffaar, by being content with their legacy.
These are just some of the aspects hidden within the rituals seen today. It is rather unfortunate that these rituals took the form of being fundamental and the lessons behind them were gradually lost, whereas these temporary measures were meant to fall away in time and the principals where meant to remain.
HOW DO WE MOVE FORWARD
Those that are involved in these customs and rituals should redirect themselves to the principals which are a definite part of Deen and gradually wean off the customs itself which were only a means to an end i.e. to bring complete Deen in our life by practising upon the Sunnah of Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam and by bringing to action the following of the examples set by our pious predecessors. Islam is not a religion of festivities, functions, rituals and occasions. Islam is a Religion of Action and practical daily application.
by fireblade bin islam