Mawlid / Birth of The Prophet

Mawlid, also known as mawlid an-nabī (مولد النبي) or Birthday of The Prophet, is an Islamic Feast to commemorate the birthday of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. Muslims in the world observe Mawlid on the month of Rabi’ al-awwal based on Islamic calendar. Most Muslim countries, except Saudi Arabia, observe Mawlid as a national holiday.

Mawlid Terms in Different Languages
Muslims in different countries recognize Mawlid in different terms. Here is the list of terms referring to Mawlid in different languages.

  • Mavlid or Mavlidi (Albanian)
  • Mawlid an-nabī (Arabic)
  • Eid al-Mawlid an-Nabawī (Arabic)
  • Yawm an-Nabī (Arabic)
  • el Mūled (en-Nabawi)/Mūled en-Nabi (Egyptian Arabic)
  • Milād an-Nabī (Arabic/Urdu)
  • Mawlūd-e Sharīf (Dari/Urdu)
  • Eid-e-Milād-un-Nabī (Urdu)
  • Mevlid-i Şerif (Turkish)
  • Mevlud/Mevlid (Bosnian)
  • Mawlid en-Nabaoui Echarif (Algerian)
  • Milād-e Payambar-e Akram (Persian)
  • Maulid Nabi (Indonesian)
  • Mulud (Javanese)
  • Maulud Nabi (Malaysian)
  • Maulidur-Rasūl (Malay)
  • Maulidi (Swahili)
  • Nabi/Mahanabi Jayanti (Sanskrit)

The Date of Mawlid
When is Mawlid 2014?
Sunni and Shi’a Muslims observe different date of Mawlid. Sunni Muslims observe Mawlid on the 12th day of Rabi’ al-awwal while Shi’a Muslims commemorate it on the 17th day of Rabi’ al-awwal based on Islamic calendar. Since Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, the date of Mawlid keeps changing from year to year according to Gregorian Calendar.

Mawlid 2014 for Sunni Muslims falls on Monday, 13 January 2014 while Mawlid 2014 for Shi’a Muslims falls on Saturday, 18 January 2014. Note that the day in Islamic calendar begins on sunset, thus, the commemoration of Mawlid begins on the sunsets before the actual date of Mawlid.

Mawlid 2014 Celebration
Muslims all over the world celebrate Mawlid or birthday of The Prophet Muhammad. Many Muslim countries including United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Pakistan observe Mawlid as a public holiday. Indonesia and India also acknowledge Mawlid as a public holiday due to the big number of Muslims in both countries.

Different countries observe Mawlid in different ways. Some of them celebrate Mawlid festively by decorating house and mosque as well as holding large street procession, Islamic concerts, and Koran reciting competitions. Some others observe the day quietly and solemnly by increasing their worship and pray to Allah and seek forgiveness for the sins done before.

Wish You a Happy and Solemn Mawlid 2014 !

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