Salam Alaikoum, Dear Mr Ibi Khan & Muslim Village.com
With the increase of the disease of the hearts due to the many fitan of the days after the Prophet SAW and the corruption of the Muslim Ummah through political means over Islamic means and the contamination of Muslim culture due to an increase in contact with non Muslims due to Islamic expansions, then the effects of colonialism, mass migrations, and disintegration of the Muslim empire, the hearts have become weakened and distant from what which is meant to be closest to our hearts. Thus, humans fall back to what they know best, physically manifesting what is meant to be in the heart and reproducing it to be physically viewable, measurable, touchable, tangable. Because hearts have become diseased, they can no longer hold the pure essence of love, faith and reliance on Allah swt. To compensate for that, we resort to expressing what should be infused in the heart openly and outwardly to impose, reimpose, and hammer it into our minds. Otherwise, diseased hearts become dead hearts, and those we love best become dead in our hearts.
So the phyiscal expression and manifestation of many things is because our hearts fail to be content with containing them, so we resort to public display. Think about nationalism and flags, dictatorships and posters, Santa Clause who never existed, Easter Bunny who never existed, Jesus who is never remembered but placed around shopping centres during December. All these things die in the heart, but we publically display them to compensate where the heart has gone wrong.
Anything that we outwardly portray that never used to be (Mawlid), is because our hearts couldn't and isnt worthy or able to preserve them intimately within our hearts & souls.