Burdah recitation gathering in Dubai
Hailing from a family having deep routes of Islamic traditions I was aware of importance of admiring Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) from my childhood itself. My family used to conduct special functions to admire Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) during the month of Rabiul Awwal and invite local scholars, relatives and neighbors. They read historic events related to Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and sing poems praising Him (صلى الله عليه و سلم).
When grown up I had to face many who didn’t give much care on such functions and often tarnish it with harsh comments. Some used to say “these types of functions are inventions of local scholars in order to gain material benefits like money”. But when I grown up and learned more and more I understood these people are just showing their frustration and there is no truth in their comments.
By Allah’s mercy I was able to travel many places abroad and was able to attend functions admiring Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم). Those functions by its setup and lively atmosphere were far better than what used to have in my native.
Subhanallah… Now I clearly understood that, people who love, praise and admire Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) are everywhere. It is not invention of scholars of my native. But it is a tradition dating back the era Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم). He (صلى الله عليه و سلم) had gifted his cloak to Kaa’b bin Zuhair (رضي الله عنه) when he recited qaseedah ‘Banat Sua’ad’ which praises Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم).
Recently I was lucky to attend such a gathering in a house in Dubai. Lead by a respected Yemeni scholar and member of ‘Ahlu Bait’ (family of Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم)) it is attended by people from many nations including Arab families. This weekly function is a remarkable experience. They used to recite qaseedah ‘Burdah’ with very attractive tones and tunes as if those who attend get dissolved in it.
Qaseedah Muhammdiyyah is recited afterwards. Both these poems were written by famous scholar and Saint Imam ‘Sharafuddin Mohammed al Busiri’ (رضي الله عنه) whose shrine is famous in Alexandria, Egypt. I was lucky to visit there as well. الحمد لله
After the poem recitation the Sheikh will convey a spiritual sermon which touches the hearts and often one could see people weeping. Most of the time the talk is about loving Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) and gaining eternal glory. At the end he offers a sincere dua’ (supplication) asking Allah betterment of brothers and sisters assembled there in particular and members of the Ummah in general.
This is by any means better than the gathering used to be in my native during Rabiul Awwal. Now I feel pity for those who conveniently lied about ‘invention of local scholars’ to distract me and many youngsters from gatherings to praise Rasoolullah (صلى الله عليه و سلم).
I have an advice to all those who misunderstood, please attend a similar gathering at least once and understand what is happening there. It is just a simple advice for your better tomorrow!