Eid–Milad-Un-Nabi 2016: How Muslims celebrate the birth of Prophet Mohammad

Written by | December 13, 2016 | 0

Eid –Milad-Un-Nabi is the day when Prophet Mohammad was born, and, on this auspicious day Muslims around the world celebrate the Prophet’s birth. Eid-e-Milad is also referred to as Maulid, or, Mawlid, The Milad is celebrated in Rabi-al-Awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar.

Eid -e-Milad should not be confused like other two Eid’s, majorly Muslims celebrate Eid -e-Milad but there are sects in Muslims Wahhabi and Ahmadiyya who do not observe this festival and oppose it. But major sects celebrate this festival to convey the message of Prophet Mohammad, his teaching of unity and mankind.

Processions are taken out where tons of Muslims participate and come together to recite Naat-Shareef (Exalted Poetry) and sing hymns in praise of the Prophet Muhammad, and, some people participate by setting up stalls to distribute food items, drinks etc for people who participate in the rally.

“This is the day when our Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) was born, we should live in harmony this is the teaching of our Prophet and through this procession we are conveying this message” says Mohammad Sabir Khan who organised drinks for the people at a procession in Vasai (W).

Many people carry green flags, banners, or, wear green ribbons or items of clothing when taking part in this event. The color green represents Islam and paradise. Mosques are decorated with beautiful lights and flags, people put flags on their balcony, or, around the windows of their house.

According to Islamic belief, the Prophet was born on the 12 day of Rabi-al-Awwal in 570 AD in the city of Mecca. While some historians trace the origin of the celebrations to Turkey, few argue it began in Egypt.

In early days, no such festivities to celebrate the Prophet’s birthday were in place, according to many scholars and historians.

Followers who approve of the celebrations claim that there are many references of Milad-un-Nabi in the holy Quran.

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