Eid Milad-un-Nabi, also known as Eid-e-Milad, Mawlid, Milad un Nabi, or Nabid, is a significant event for Muslims as it marks the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), the final messenger of Allah. This celebration occurs annually during the month of Rabi ul Awal.
The precise date for the start of Rabi ul Awal varies each year and is determined by the sighting of the Moon. In 2023, the Rabi ul Awal moon was sighted in Pakistan on September 18th. Accordingly, the first day of Rabi ul Awal on the Gregorian calendar fell on September 19, 2023, in Pakistan. Several other countries, including India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, will celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi on September 28, 2023, while surprisingly Pakistan will celebrate Eid-Milad un-Nabi on 29th September. However, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and other Gulf states observed Eid-e-Milad on September 27, 2023.
Eid Milad-un-Nabi, also known as Mawlid or Mawlid-un-Nabi Sharif, is a significant celebration in Islam that commemorates the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). Muslims worldwide observe this day with great devotion and enthusiasm. The celebrations include illuminating streets, mosques, shrines, and homes with colorful lights. Traditional sweets and dishes are shared among celebrants, and prayers, poetry, and naats (religious songs) in praise of the Prophet are recited, believed to bring divine rewards.
The main purpose of these celebrations is to honor and follow the character traits and teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). It’s a way for believers to express their love and devotion to him. The day typically begins with prayers and participation in ritualistic customs.
Prophet Muhammad’s central message emphasized love, peace, mercy, sacrifice, human dignity, diversity, dialogue, and coexistence. Observing Eid Milad-un-Nabi serves as a reminder of his teachings.
The history of Eid Milad dates back to the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad in Makkah in 570 CE. However, the celebration gained popularity in the 8th century when Khalifa Harun-al-Rashid’s mother, Al-Khizuran, converted the Prophet’s house into a prayer hall.
Over time, various regions and clans began observing the day differently. In the 11th century, Egypt’s leading clan celebrated Mawlid, and by the 12th century, this religious festival had spread to countries like Turkey, Morocco, Syria, and Spain, eventually becoming a widespread celebration in the Muslim world.
The 12th Rabi ul Awwal is the day that marks the birth of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It serves as a reminder for Muslims to follow his teachings and reforms. It is believed that success and progress in this world and the hereafter can be achieved by following the Prophet’s teachings, making this day of remembrance and devotion significant for all Muslims.