Milad-un-Nabi or Eid-e-Milad is celebrated on the birthday of the Prophet of Islam, Hazrat Mohammad Saheb. The holiday is observed by many Muslims of the Sufi or Barelvi school of thought. He is also known as Un-Nabi as E-Milad, Nabi Day, Mohammad’s birthday or Prophet’s birthday. First celebrated as an official holiday in Egypt, Eid-e-Milad celebrations became more popular during the 11th century.
When is Eid Milad-un-Nabi celebrated?
This year, according to the Gregorian calendar, Eid Milad-Un-Nabi will begin on the evening of October 18, 2021 and end on the evening of October 19, 2021.
About Prophet Muhammad
It is believed that the Prophet Muhammad was born on the 12th of AD 573, the third month of Islam, Rabi al-Awwal. Eid-e-Milad is also mourned by some because it is also considered the anniversary of the Prophet’s death. The full name of the Prophet Hazrat Mohammad was Mohammad ibn Abdullah ibn Abdul Muttalib. He was born in the city of Mecca. It is believed that in 610 AD, he achieved enlightenment in a cave named Heera near Mecca. Later he preached the teachings of the Quran, the holy book of the religion of Islam.
The feast of Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated by the followers of Islam. However, Shiites and Sunnis have different views on this festival.
How is Eid Milad-un-Nabi celebrated?
It is believed that Sunni Muslims celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi on the 12th of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal, and Shia Muslims observe it on the 17th Rabi al-Awwal.
In addition, people wear green ribbons or green clothes, carry green flags or banners on this day. The color green is a symbol of Islam and paradise. People also organize activities like marches, parades and nightly prayer meetings.
Group meals are also offered in mosques and other community buildings. Various exhibits are presented in Saudi Arabia with photos of various mosques in holy cities.
Even though Eid-e-Milad is widely observed in India and other countries, many different sections of the Muslim community believe that celebrations of the Prophet’s birthday have no place in Islamic culture. Muslims from Salafi and Wahhabi schools of thought do not mark the tradition of the festivities.
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