December 13, 2016
|Last Year Celebrated on||4 January 2015|
|Present Year will be celebrated on||13 December 2016|
|Next Tear will be celebrated on||Yet to be announced|
Milad Un Nabi
Milad Un Nabi is one of the most pious day in Islamic tradition. It is also known as Mawlid around the world. It is celebrated as the birthday of Islamic prophet Muhammad which falls in the third month of the Islamic Calendar. It is celebrated almost in all Islamic countries as well as countries that have a significant Muslim population, such as India, the United Kingdom, Nepal, Sri Lanka, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Canada. Qatar and Saudi Arabia are the only exceptions as there it is not an official public holiday and is forbidden because in these two countries this day is considered as unnecessary religious innovation, according to their believe the day have nothing to do with prophet’s birthday. While in some countries, such as Egypt and Sudan, Milad Un-Nabi is used as a generic term for the celebration of birthdays of local Sufi saints and not as the birthday of Islamic prophet Muhammad. Around 3,000 Milad Un-Nabi celebrations are held each year in Sudan and Egypt. People from all over the world come to celebrate; the largest one is celebrated in Egypt where up to three million people came from around the globe.
Why Milad Un Nabi Celebrated?
It is celebrated as the birthday of Islamic prophet. The date of Muhammad’s birth is unknown and is not specifically mentioned in the Islamic traditions. Sunni Muslims says that the birth date of prophet is on twelfth of Rabi’ al-awwal, whereas Shi’a Muslims believe the it’s on the seventeenth.
How Milad Un Nabi is celebrated?
People do many activities to celebrate this festival. Such as people do night long prayers and meetings. People gather to march on this day. Sandal rites over the symbolic footprints of the Prophet Muhammad. Organizing Communal meals in mosques and other community buildings. Exhibitions featuring photos of mosques located in Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. It is a gazetted holiday in India. All government offices, post offices and banks are remained closed on the day. Many of the Islamic stores, businesses and other organizations remained closed on this day.