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The Birthday of the Orphan Who Adopted the World

This is truly a holiday week for more than just Thanksgiving! This also happens to be the month of Rabi’ AlAwal in the Hijri calendar, which is considered the birth month of Prophet Muhammed* (pbuh). It is perceived that his birth date is on or between the 12th and the 17th of Rabi’ AlAwal, and thus throughout this week many Muslims across the globe acknowledge and celebrate the blessing that is the birth of Prophet Mahmad (pbuh).

Countries like Egypt, Indonesia, Sudan, Malaysia, Pakistan, Tunisia, Iraq and Fiji will celebrate with the distribution of charity, food, host street carnivals, perform hymns and conduct lectures. Many see these types of festivities are seen as a celebration, respect, admiration and love for Prophet Muhamad (pbuh). Don’t forget that the prophet is revered not only as the last prophet in Islam, but one that cared for his people, fought to defend their right to worship and taught through his practices on the best mannerisms of a Muslim. Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) is almost always revered as “the orphan who adopted the world“.

I’m sure many of my readers are asking, “but why is the date conflicted?” The date is conflicted because the Hijri calendar was not established until Prophet Mehmet was in his early fifties, about a decade or so before his death. It’s believed he was born in the year 570 AD and passed in the year 632 AD, at the age of 62. Even then there are some historical evidences of many celebrating the prophet’s birthday.

However, as more scholars studied the teachings of Islam, and mapped out the lunar events -on which the Hijri calendar is based on- differing schools of thought have determined it in the month of Rabi’ AlAwal. Sunni scholars believe it to be the 12th day of the month whilst Shia scholars believe it’s the 17th of Rabi’ AlAwal. True the exact date various but with the few Islamic holidays almost always celebrated for three to five days, rather than one and done, the entire week is used to celebrate.

Other schools of thought don’t believe it is appropriate to celebrate the prophet’s birthday. Countries with majority following the Wahhabi schools of thought do not observe it as a national holiday or host any particular festivities. However during my time in Qatar, I remember during the Friday of the birth week, sermons highlighting the prophet’s migration and struggles as a way of remembering why we as Muslims are to ask God to bring peace and blessings upon the prophet.

Personally, I love celebrating and learning more about the orphan who adopted the world. If he taught anything, it was always be kind, respectful and to be the best version of yourself. With that, I ask you all during this holiday week to do a kind thing for someone out there. Many this week have lost their homes in the California wildfires. I’ve listed ways you can help here.

Here’s to a blessed and joyous celebration of the birth of Prophet Mohamed, peace and blessings be upon him.

*There are many variations of the English/Latin lettered spelling of the prophet’s name and I wanted to showcase that in this post.

This Summer on Periscope – #MsHalaTravels

I’m finally taking a legit vacation after two long years. Sure, I’ll be going home to San Francisco but through Italy and New York! Woohoo!

Thus throughout the summer, I’ll be broadcasting #MsHalaTravels live on Periscope. During the broadcast, my peeps can post questions, share the broadcasts and rewatch the broadcasts as many times as they’d like. I’ll do my best to repost the broadcasts right here on The Rants in a timely fashion.

Periscope handle is the same as Twitter, @MsHalaCo.

So if you’re curious about what it’s like to travel while Muslim, need some motivation to travel or just want to tag along for a fun summer adventure, be sure to catch me live on Periscope!

Disclaimer: There’s a 10 hours time difference between my hometown of San Francisco, California and Doha, Qatar; 9 hours between San Francisco and Italy; 3 hours between San Francisco and New York. Ah, time!

Valentine’s Day… Who Cares?!

After reading Dean Obeidallah‘s hilarious piece with regards to Valentine’s Day, I figured I’d include my perspective in the mix.

I LOVE chocolates… who doesn’t right? I enjoy flowers, we have them in our house all the time. I was raised to always express my love and appreciation to my family and friends. However, I don’t in anyway believe that I or anyone should bring or do any of this exclusively on February the 14th.

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Valentine’s Day is one of those Hallmark holidays. I call it that because it was invented to sell greeting cards. There is no holiday in February except for President’s Day… who is going to buy a greeting card for that? It has since evolved into an unnecessary holiday that forces people to spend money. What goes with greeting cards? Flowers. What’s sweet that goes with both? Candy. How to make candy last? Turn it into jewelry, preferably a gem of sorts. What is expected after buying all this stuff? Hopefully three minutes of physical pleasure.

Seriously? Yes!

I swear the same goes for May when Hallmark someone invented Mother’s Day and June for Father’s Day. My parents don’t get all upset when no one buys them a present or breakfast in bed. Why? Because we appreciate our parents EVERYDAY. I don’t need a day in the year to go all out for either of them. Their five kids do it every day (or at least attempt to do, I’m not gonna lie!).

So I ask you all, single or not, to celebrate love in all it’s forms EVERYDAY! Not just on February 14th. Don’t feel obligated to go all out just because of the day. Don’t get caught up in this materialistic hype, I’m sure many of you are still paying off the debt you incurred from Christmas not even two months ago!

I’d also like to take the opportunity to tell my family and friends: I LOVE YOU. I appreciate you in all your goodness and flaws. I’m not the person that I am today without you and for that I love you more every day.

To all my readers peeps, I love you too! =)

Ms. Hala