When is Eid Milad ul-Nabi and how is the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday celebrated?
Eid Milad ul-Nabi or Mawlid is the celebration in Islam of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday.
It is commemorated during Rabi’ al-awwal, which is the third month in the Islamic calendar.
There are some discrepancies among different Sunni, Shi’a and Muslim scholars as to the exact date of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, with Sunni’s using the 12th day of the month and the Shi’a using the 17th day.
In 2017 Mawlid falls on Thursday, November 30 to Friday, December 1.
Muslims use this time to celebrate the life of the Prophet Muhammad.
How is the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday celebrated?
Many Muslims throughout the UK may fast during the daylight hours, say special prayers or eat a communal meal to celebrate Mawlid.
Eid Milad ul-Nabi celebratiosn are held in Mosques or other large gathering places as the communities gather to attend events to celebrate Mawlid together.
The celebrations generally consist of lectures, speeches, poems and spiritual songs on the life of Muhammad and the Islamic lifestyle.
People may organise street parades for Mawlid as it is celebrated in a carnival manner, and some of the celebrations may be held outdoors.
In some communities the celebrations of Mawlid may even last the whole month of Rabi’ al-awwal.
The time of Mawlid is an important time for Muslims to learn and reflect on Muhammad’s life.
In the UK the celebration is not a public holiday.