Mawlid al-Nabi

By Paul Y, Thomas T, and Lucas E

The Celebration of Prophet Muhammad's Birth Date

This year it is celebrated from the sunset of the 11th of Raby`al-awal 1436 A.H. to the 12th. (January 2nd-3rd, 2015)

History

In the early days of Islam, successors of the companions of Muhammad, called Tabi`in, started to celebrate the birth of the prophet Muhammad. They recited poetry and sung songs to crowds in major Islamic cities to honor Muhammad. Over time, this has become normal, and it's now a national holiday in almost every single Muslim country.

Connection to Islam

Mawlid Al-Nabi means a lot to the Islamic people because Muhammad was one of the major prophets of Islam, and the Islamic people all followed him. Mawlid Al-Nabi is the celebration of Muhammad's birthday, so this event is a pretty important holiday in Islam.

DId You Know?

Not all Muslims celebrate Mawlid al-Nabi because some think that the holiday draws too much attention away from God

How It Is Celebrated

Today, Mawlid al-Nabi is celebrated in the form of carnivals. People decorate local masques. People give food to others, as well as recite Qur’an. People recite stories that are narrated and read devotional poetry. One of the most popular poems is Qasida al-Burda Sharif, a poem made in the 13th century to praise the Prophet Muhammad for what he did for man kind.
Mawlid al-Nabi celebrations - Tripoli, Lebanon, Trablous, January 2014

Works Cited


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