Eid-e-Milad – Date, History, Importance & Celebration

Eid-e-Milad is also known as Milad-e-Nabi and Mawlid an-Nabi. Here “Mawlid” means to give birth or to bear a child according to colloquial Arabic. Eid-e-Milad is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad. It is said that the Prophet was born in Mecca on the twelfth day during Rabee-ul-Awwal in the 570 CE.

Eid-e-Milad – Date, History, Importance & Celebration

This day is dedicated to the Prophet and it is said to be dedicated to the dogmas of Islam. But it is interesting to know that Eid-e-Milad is a day to celebrate as well as it is mourned because It is also the death anniversary of the Prophet. 

Eid-e-Milad is celebrated in the month of Rabi’ al-awwal, which is considered to be the third month according to the Islamic calendar. While the Shia community celebrates it on the 17th of the month, the Sunni community celebrates it on the 12th of the month, as per the Islamic calendar.

When Prophet Muhammad passed away, his whole house was transformed into a prayer house by one of his many successors. 

Eid-e-Milad’s celebrations became much more popular after the 11th century and then it was celebrated for the first time as an official festival in Egypt. During this time, only the Shia community, who were the ruling cast in that region could celebrate Eid-e-Milad and it’s festivities were not for the public. 

During the 12th century, many countries other than Egypt such as Syria, Morocco, Turkey, and Spain, started celebrating the festival. And then Sunni Muslims started celebrating the day. 

During ancient times, it was celebrated differently. It was during the 11th century in Egypt, it played an important role in the celebration. People start their day by offering some prayers. And after this, people from the ruling clan made speeches, and verses from the Holy Quran were said. 

Over the years, practices were modified. People changed and they started to believe in Caliphs.

Eid-e-Milad Date

Eid-e-Milad Date 2019: November 9-10

Eid-e-Milad Date 2020: October 28-29

Eid-e-Milad Date 2021: October 18-19

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This festival is celebrated to honor the Prophet Muhammad who is believed to be the person who introduced Islam and then, it revolutionized the scene in the cities of the Middle East. 

People on the day of the festival start their day with morning prayers and then they come in large gatherings in mosques. Children are narrated stories of Islamic religion and Prophet Muhammad, his teachings and preachings. The day ends with huge donations towards needy people as the teachings teach. Friends and families come together to celebrate this festival with huge enthusiasm. 

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