Book Review: The Mawlid – The Blessed Birth

The Mawlid

Title: The Mawlid – The Blessed Birth
Publisher: Turath Publishing 2011
Original Author: Imam Ibn Kathir
Translation: Bilal Patel

This is a concise and short book (52 pages) by Imam Ibn Kathir. Iman Ibn Kathir is widely known for his work in exegesis of the Quran (Tafseer) in his work on the biography of the Prophet (peace be upon him). He was a student of Imam Ibn Taymiyah, was born in 701/1301 near Busra in Syria and passed away in 774/1373 in Damascus. He is buried next to his teacher, both in the Sufi graveyard in Damascus.

This book covers the aspects of the birth of the Prophet (peace be upon him), starting with his lineage then the description of his birth, highlighting the blessedness of the month of Rabi al-Awwal and the day of Monday. Thereafter the book moves into the description of Halimah (may Allah be pleased with her), and the manner in which she obtained the Prophet (peace be upon him) for nursing, and the blessings he brought with him, manifested in her bosoms, her milking animals and her donkey, which was able to miraculously increase it’s pace on the return journey. The recognition that they had in him, a blessed soul was apparent to them and those nearest to them. It also covers the story of when Jibril (upon him be peace) visited the Prophet (peace be upon him) when he was a young boy and washed his heart. The book ends with mentioning of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) attributes, outward appearance and pure qualities of character.

As has become standard with books by Turath Publishing, this book is excellently assembled. The love the author, Imam Ibn Kathir had for the Prophet (peace be upon him) shines right through the excellent translation. It is a short work that can be revisited often and leaves the reader with an increased love for the Prophet (peace be upon him).

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