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Milad Un Nabi: Meaning, Date, History & Observances

Milad un Nabi 2021, Eid e Milad
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The festival of Milad Un Nabi marks the birth anniversary of the last Prophet of Islam, ‘Prophet Muhammad,’ peace and blessing be upon him. It falls in the third month of the Islamic calendar – Rabi Al Awwal.

Also known as Mawlid, celebration of Milad Un Nabi almost all Islamic countries and is a public holiday. To spread the message of the Prophet’s teachings this day is the finest, sufferings, and his character of forgiveness. 

What is the meaning of Milad Un Nabi

Milad un Nabi or Mawlid an-Nabi comes from the word Mawlid. It finds its origin in the Arabic language, and the importance of Mawlid is to give birth or a descendant.  

What is Eid Milad? There are Multiple Names of Milad un Nabi. Eid e Milad 2021 In some nations celebrated as. 

When is Milad un Nabi celebrated?

According to the Islamic calendar, On 12 Rabi ul Awwal is the on which Peopel do celebrate Milad un Nabi, which is the birth date of the Prophet; peace and blessings be upon him. According to the Gregorian calendar, the date keeps varying year on year as the Islamic calendar follows the moon. 18th to October 19 Mawlid celebrate In 2021, Rabi Ul Awwal begins on October 8,

Milad Un Nabi History 

Milad un Nabi

Milad un Nabi is celebrated in remembrance of the birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Prophet was born in Makkah on the twelfth day of Rabee-ul-Awwal in 570 CE. However, the celebration of his birthday started only in the 11th century. Firstly the Birthday of the Prophet was Celebrated in Egypt by offering prayers and praises in the name of the Prophet. The people of the ruling tribe recited verses from the Holy Quran, and the festivities were concluded with a large public feast. Towards the end of the 12th century, some other Muslim countries started observing Mawlid; Spain, Turkey, Morocco, and Syria are some of them. 

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What to do on Milad Un Nabi? 

Almost all Islamic countries celebrate The festival of Milad Un Nabi. It carries immense significance and importance for Muslims worldwide, even though The Birthday of the Prophet is in distinctive ways. In some parts of the world, Sufi practices as per celebrated, much like a carnival. Large possessions and mosques, and decorate homes. Feasts are also a big part of the Mawlid celebration. Community offers meals in public places for the poor and the underprivileged. 

In general, charity and food distributions are encouraged. In Turkey, they are reciting traditional poems about the Prophet’s life in public mosques and at home in the evening. Also, stories about the life of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, are narrated in poetry to the children. Recite Naats, a kind of poetry that talks about different incidents from the various stages of Prophet Muhammad’s life. 

In India, Milad un-Nabi/Id-e-Milad is a public/gazette holiday. Government offices, schools, and various business organizations are closed. Standard practices and observances include cleaning and decorating homes, praying in mosques, and marching and parading with green flags or banners. Green is the color associated with the Prophet. The color of the dome of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah is also green.  

Different Views on Mawlid Celebration 

Even though most countries with a Muslim-majority population celebrate this occasion, a few nations do not accept the idea of celebrating it. Scholars in these countries believe that the Quran does not mention any special day other than Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha worthy of celebration. Hence, they consider Mawlid a neutral day and do not do anything special to commemorate the occasion. Another reason why some Muslims do not treat it as a day of celebration is because it is also the death anniversary of the Prophet. Peace and blessings are upon him. Also, a particular sect of Muslims celebrates Mawlid on the 17th day of Rabi ul Awwal instead of the 12th day.  

Therefore, there are many different perceptions and observances of Mawlid, based on the sect and the geography. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the two most significant countries with a substantial Muslim population and still do not celebrate Milad un Nabi. 

Share-worthy Mawlid Greetings  

Sharing messages and greetings celebrating the birthday of the revered Prophet is also common. People exchange messages on SMS and other social media platforms. Here are some of the beautiful messages that you can share on the occasion of Mawlid. 

  1. May Allah shower his choicest blessings and bring happiness to your life. Milad Un Nabi Mubarak! 
  2. Pray that this day brings peace, harmony, and brotherhood through the teachings of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Milad-un-Nabi Mubarak. 
  3. On the occasion of Eid Milad, we send our best wishes to you and your family. May Allah bless you all.  
  4. Remember our beloved Prophet, for he showed his people and the whole of humanity a path of righteousness, compassion, and kindness. I hope you have a blessed life! Milad-un-Nabi Mubarak. 
  5. We wish that the love and blessings of Allah always shine upon you and your family!  
  6. I wish you Happy Eid Milad Un Nabi. On this day, we pray to the most merciful Allah to bless you and your family with happiness, peace, prosperity, good health, and wealth!  
  7. With all my heart, I pray to Allah to bestow you and your loved ones his choicest blessings. I wish you Happy Eid-E-Milad-Un-Nabi. 
  8. On the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, pray that Allah’s divine grace be with you. Eid Milad Un Nabi Mubarak to all of you. 

Share these with your loved ones and spread the message to which the messenger of Allah, Prophet Muhammad, may grace and blessings are upon him, dedicated all his adult life. I wish you and your loved ones a peaceful and fulfilling day of prayers, good deeds, and selfless charity—Eid e Milad un Nabi Mubarak to all.

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