Mawlid al-Nabi

An Islamic Holiday-Flyer by Zach Wooden and Keagan Diginard

About Mawlid al-Nabi

Mawlid al-Nabi is a Muslim holiday honoring the prophet Muhammad's birthday. Muhammad is the last prophet and very important in Islam-Sunni, and he was the one who delivered the Qu'ran, which Muslims believe is the pure form of God's message to humanity. Mawlid al-Nabi comes from the words Mawlid, meaning birthday of a holy figure, and al-Nabi, meaning prophet.

Mawlid al-Nabi Celebrations

Mawlid al-Nabi is celebrated by reading poetry and remembering the Sirah, the life story of Muhammad. It is also celebrated by focusing on the teachings of Muhammad.
Mawlid al-Nabi will occur twice in 2015. Since Muslim holidays start at sunset the previous day, it will happen at sundown on the evening January 2nd to sundown on the evening of January 3rd and sundown on the evening of December 22nd to sundown on the evening of December 23rd.
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This picture shows common Mawlid al-Nabi good wishes next to some Arabic words.
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This picture shows an introduction speech at a Mawlid al-Nabi festival at the Islamic Cultural Center in Greater Chicago.

Did you know?

Did you know that Mawlid al-Nabi is a national holiday in every Muslim country except Saudi Arabia, which is where Mecca, one of the most sacred places in Islam, is?
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This is a picture of Palestinians playing music outside of the Dome of the Rock in Israel, in celebration of Mawlid al-Nabi.


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