Allah sent many messengers and prophets to guide people in this world. Muhammad Mustafa Ahmad Mujtaba Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) was the last prophet in the line of prophets and messengers. He was born in an age that is considered as 'al-ayam al-jahiliyyah (days of darkness)'. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born at the dawn on Monday 12th Rabi-ul-Awal of 570 AD in Saudi Arabia. He passed away on this same day in 632 AD, after ending a great idealistic life of 63 years.
The day He came into the world was a day of great joy. Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated annually to commemorate the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the month of 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal. Here the word 'Eid' literally means to celebrate happiness or joy, 'Milad' means birth and 'An-Nabi' means Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Thertefore, 'Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi' refers to the happy celebration of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH)'s arrival. Some remarkable miraculous events also occurred with the auspicious arrival of the beloved Prophet, who enlightened the world foreshadowed by his prophethood. For example, the Palace of Kisra had fourteen balconies which all collapsed when the Prophet (PBUH) was born. The fire that had been lit for ages in the synagogues of the ancient Persian priesthood went out and churches become dull in the presence of clergies, even the big idol which kept in Kaaba was broken.
The father of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) died before his birth. As the custom of those times in Saudi Arabia, Hazrat Halima Sadia took Him for foster care in Taif. He became motherless when he was only six years old and was later raised by his grandfather and uncle Abu Talib. From childhood he used to think about Almighty Allah and His creation. The prediction made by Christian priest Buhaira by seeing Muhammad (PBUH)'s back in His childhood about his Prophethood became true later. Long before the creation of this world, Almighty Allah introduced his beloved friend to other Prophets in the world. In the 81st verse of Surah Al-Imran, Allah Almighty says, 'O dear Messenger! And remember when Allah took a covenant from the Prophets: 'This is the Book and the Wisdom which I have given you. But should a Prophet come to you confirming that which is already with you, you shall believe in him and shall help him. So saying, Allah asked: 'Do you agree and accept to take up the burden of the covenant?' They answered: 'We agree,' He said: 'Then bear wirness; and I will be with you among the witness. Then whosoever shall turn away from this covenant they are the transgressors."
It is very sad that many of the followers of Hazrat Musa (a.s.), Hazrat Jesus (a.s.) and other prophets are not established on this promise today. That's why, different opinions and paths have been created. But Almighty Allah has sent his beloved friend as a mercy not only for this world but for all the people of the world. In Surah al-Anbiya, Allah Ta'ala testifies by saying, "Wa ma arsalnaka illa rahmatan lil alamin". He is the form of mercy for all people of all worlds irrespective of religion and caste. There should be no unrest, disunity, wars, clashes etc, if we follow his ideals in today's conflicted and unstable world.