208-The Rawha- al-Barzanji: Background and Introduction – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz begins with insights on the opportunities found in Rabi’ al-Awwal of renewing faith and rejoicing. The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) spoke about his birth, and scholars wrote works celebrating it. Perhaps the most famous of these mawlids was that of Imam Barzanji, who was of Kurdish descent and served as the Shafi`i mufti of Medina.

Shaykh Faraz highlights some of the hallmarks of this mawlid, which was widespread in the Muslim world. He also discusses why Muslims worldwide often read works like this in the original Arabic rather than the praise-works in their own languages. He closes by translating the opening couplet of the Mawlid al-Barzanji, and reminds us that works such as this one should be used to reconnect with the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and renew one’s faith.

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