Eid Milad -un-Nabi
Eid Milad -un-Nabi
‘Eid Milad –un- Nabi also Known as Mawlid –un-Nabi is the festival to commemorate the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). It is celebrated on the 12th of the Rabi –ul –Awal. From the point of view of Muslims, this date marked a most important event in the history of the world. Muhammad, peace, and blessing of Allah be upon him, is regarded as the chief of the prophet,
the perfect man to whom the Holy Quran was revealed, the best exemplar, and the greatest benefactor of mankind. Who is the person for whom God has proclaimed?
“Allah sends down his blessing on the Prophet, and His Angles constantly invoke His blessing on Him; do you, O believers, also invoke Allah blessing on him and offers him the salutation of peace”.
The extent of festivities, on this occasion, is restricted because of the fact that the same day marked his death anniversary.
On this occasion there for the public meetings are held in the mosques, where the religious leader makes speeches on different aspects of the life of great man. The stories of birth, childhood, youth and adults life character, teaching, suffering and forgiveness of even his most bitter enemies, his fortitude in the face of general oppositions, leadership in the battels, bravery, wisdom, preaching and his final triumph through god mercy over the heat of people, are narrated in detail .
Salutations are recited. In some countries, streets, mosques, and Publics buildings are decorated with colorful and buntings, pennants and well eliminated in the night. Devoted Muslims give large sums to charity. Feasts are arranged. And rice and meat dishes are served to guests and also distributed among the poor. In some big cities, large processions are also formed and people in jubilant mood chant verses in praise of the Holy Prophet.
Some Muslims, however, do not celebrate this occasion as his birth and death anniversary as they believe celebrating birthday and death anniversary is not a part of Muslim society as such.
They instead hold Seerat-un-Nabi meetings wherein speeches are made on different aspects of the life of this the greatest benefactor of mankind.