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Edmonton Muslims Commemorate Prophet's Birthday

March 1, 2011

To mark the occasion of Prophet Muhammad’s (Peace be upon him) birthday, the Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities (ECMC) and the His Highness Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Edmonton have organized a special celebration on Sunday March 6, 2011 at the Royal Alberta Museum located at 12845 102 Avenue, Edmonton. Dr. Shafique Virani award-winning author and internationally renowned public speaker  will deliver the keynote address on the subject, “The Prophet and Cosmopolitan Ummah: In Search of an Ethic for our Times”. Currently the Chair of the Department of Historical Studies and a tenured Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Toronto, Dr. Virani was selected from over 2500 faculty members by the University of Toronto to be one of only 26 to be highlighted as “Professors Who Lead the World.” The citation states: “Shafique Virani’s insights into Islamic history, religious persecution and spiritual survival provide an understanding that could build a road to tolerance. His inspired teaching and writing may be more relevant today than ever.”

Fourteen hundred years ago, a merchant who could not read or write changed the face of Arabia. Today his influence has spread across every corner of the world and his legacy continues to shape our lives. Prophet Muhammad was born during Rabi-al-Awal, the third month of the Muslim Calendar around the year 570 CE, to Bibi Amina who died when he was six. His father died before he was born..  The orphaned child was raised by his grandfather and later by his uncle.

As a young man, the Prophet was recognized for his thoughtfulness and integrity and was often called upon to mediate disputes. The other Meccans referred to him as al-Amin (Arabic for "the trustworthy one").[

Prophet Muhammad brought us a  simple message on how to live a life of peace, love and serenity. At the age of 40, he received the first revelation of the Qur’an and Islam was revealed to the people by God’s command. In a relatively short period, Islam spread from southern Europe to China. It was Islam’s simple message of compassion, peace, social justice and equality before God for all, and the Prophet’s own impeccable qualities of integrity, kindness, loyalty,  care for the poor, the weak and the sick, and generosity towards those from all walks of life and in every sphere of human activity that appealed to the first Muslims. The Prophet is quoted to have said that he came but to perfect the human moral values to their highest standard and his role as a messenger of God was simply to reaffirm what God had already revealed to humanity through the previous Prophets of God, including Abraham, Moses, and Jesus (peace be upon all of them).  As we struggle to find a balance between the material and spiritual, the Prophets’ message on how to lead an ethical life, one of integrity and honesty, of balance and peace, is as relevant today as it was 1,400 years ago.

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