The Grand Imam of Azhar Ahmed El-Tayyeb
This law, found in the discourse of prophets, puts these qualities "above justice, protects the weak, and turns away the attacks of the strong and the arrogant," El-Tayyeb added during the Ministry of Religious Endowments' celebration to mark the occasion, in attendance of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.
The anniversary of Moulid El-Nabi, or Prophet Muhammad's birthday, is celebrated on the 12th day of Rabie El-Awwal (the third month of the Islamic calendar), and falls this year on Wednesday 27 September of the Gregorian calendar.
Prophet Muhammad’s message is a universal and timeless call for all people, transcending the boundaries of time and place, El-Tayyeb said.
“Man's law has not provided people with a good life, because the law itself is inherently flawed and vulnerable to different ideologies,” he added.
The message celebrated on the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammed is unique in two regards, he said. The first is its timelessness, citing Quran verses that confirm the universality of the message of Islam.
The second is that the message of the prophet was the final message. El-Tayyeb said, “some may wonder why prophecies stopped with Islam and did not develop like the prophecy of Moses and Jesus. The answer depends on understanding the nature of human development and the direction of moral development.”
Over 15 centuries have passed since the emergence of the final prophecy, the grand imam pointed out.
During this time, the material sciences that governed human society developed and were changed dozens of times, and there is now not a single trace of them.
"People frequently question the purpose of the missions of prophets and the prophecies they bring. Is it an indispensable requirement for guiding people's lives towards truth, goodness, and justice, or is it a secondary matter that could be substituted with other laws, policies, customs, and traditions," asked El-Tayyeb.
He further stated, "The reply is clear: Prophecy and the teachings of prophets are an imperative necessity, irreplaceable, for maintaining the righteousness of individuals and societies and ensuring their happiness in both this world and the hereafter."
President El-Sisi lauded El-Tayyeb's address, saying, "no nation can move forward without considering worldly means but should follow a profound [guiding] ethical path."