Today is 12th Rabi-ul-Awal, the birth anniversary of Holy Prophet Mohammad (Peace and blessings be upon him), whose birth removed darkness from humanity. He was the one for whom Allah created the whole universe. Among his outstanding virtues and characteristics, he was an extraordinary husband, a perfect father, and a loving grandfather. He was also a great statesman, judge, and leader. His most distinctive quality, however, was the fact that he was a blessing to all in both word and deed. His name meant, one who is praised most. After Almighty ALLAH, he is the one most praised and loved by human beings. He infused justice, love, righteousness and dignity in all those around him. He spread the power of brotherhood to the extent that it became exceptional in human history. The muwakhaat is the best ever example of brotherhood. Affirming that these grand virtues were bestowed on him by Allah the Almighty and that He prepared His loyal messenger to serve and propagate the message of truth is part of ones belief. Today we should make a vow that we will spend our lives according to the teachings of Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). IFTIKHAR SHAHEEN MIRZA