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MILAD-UN-NABI: EXPLAINED

MILAD-UN-NABI: EXPLAINED

Context:

Milad-un-Nabi or Eid-e-Milad is being celebrated all over India from 18th Oct 2021 to 19th Oct 2021. The day is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of the Prophet of Islam, Hazrat Mohammad Saheb.

About Milad-un-Nabi:

  • It is also known as Un-Nabi by the name of E-Milad, Nabi Day, Mohammad's birthday or the Prophet's birthday. 
  • It is commemorated in Rabi' al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.
  • 12th Rabi' al-awwal is the accepted date among most of the Sunni and Shia scholars, while few Shia scholars regard 17th Rabi' al-awwal as the accepted date.

History of the Day:

  • The history of this celebration goes way back to the early days of Islam when some of the Tabi‘un began to hold sessions in which poetry and songs composed to honour Muhammad were recited and sung to the crowds.
  • It is said that the 1st Muslim ruler to officially celebrate the birth of Muhammad in a ceremony was Muzaffar al-Din Gökböri.
  • In 1588, the Ottomans declared it an official holiday, known as Mevlid Kandil.
  • The term Mawlid is also used in places like Egypt, as a generic term for the birthday celebrations of other historical religious figures such as Sufi saints.

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