Milad un-Nabi is one of the major Islamic community festival which marks the celebration of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. The term ‘Milad’ means birth while ‘Nabi’ denotes Prophet. The birthday of Prophet falls in the third month (Rabi’ al-awwal) of the Islamic calendar. This can correspond to the months of January, February or March of English calendar. This year, Milad un-Nabi will be celebrated on 25 January 2013. Milad un Nabi is also popular by many other names such as eid ul nabi, eid milad, eid ul milad, Mawlid etc.
The Milad un-Nabi festival is observed by both the Muslim communities of Shia and Sunni all over India but on different dates. Sunnis observe it on the 12th day of the month of Rabi’ al-awwal and Shia community observes it on the 17th day of Rabi’ al-awwal which coincides with the birth date of their sixth Imam, Ja’far al-Sadiq too.
How is Milad un Nabi Celebrated?
Milad un Nabi is celebrated to spread the noble deeds and teachings of Prophet Muhammad. Muslim people of all age groups gather at Mosques and pray for welfare and remission of their sins. The devotees of Prophet Muhammad pary all through the night of Milad un nabi in homes as well as in mosques. Hazratbal shrine, situated on the outskirts of Srinagar in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, displays the holy relics of the Prophet. Following are some of the ways in which the Muslim community celebrates Milad un Nabi on India.
- Milad un Nabi is a gazetted holiday in India and as such all the government organizations are closed on this day.
- Special prayers are offered in Mosques by Muslims of all age group on this day.
- Maulavis (the learned people) give lectures that focus on the life and holy deeds and teachings of Prophet Muhammad.
- Holy Quran is recited by the children as well as grown ups.
- Community meals are organized in Mosques and other community centers.
- Friends and relatives are invited at home and all celebrate Eid-e-milad with exchange of greetings.
- Milad un Nabi cards are sent to friends and relatives living in other palces to greet them on the occasion.
- Food and clothing are donated to poor people.
- Muslim scholars and poets recite Qasida al-Burda Sharif in front of special gatherings. Qasida al-Burda Sharif is the collection of poems by 3th century Arabic Sufi Busiri.
- ‘Shab-khawani’ meaning night-long prayers are observed in the Mosques the night before Milad un Nabi as well as on Milad un Nabi night.
- Sandal rites are performed over the symbolic footprints of the Prophet Muhammad engraved on stone.
Milad un Nabi SMS Greetings and Wishes!
The tech savvy young Muslims these days like to greet Milad un Nabi through SMS greetings or e-cards. Here is a collection of some popular Milad un Nabi wishes that can be sent as SMS or greeting cards.
1- Rabi-ul-Awwal Mubarak ho
2- EID MILAD MUBARAK Ho
3- HAPPY 12 RABIUL AWWAL
4- Dunya Ki Har Fiza Mein Ujala ‘RASOOL’ Ka,
Ye Sari Kainat Hai Sadqa ‘RASOOL’ Ka,
Khusboo Gulab Hai Pasina ‘RASOOL’ Ka,
Aap Ko Mubark Ho Mahina ‘RASOOL’ Ka, Rabi-ul-Awal Mubark Ho..!
5- JASHAN EID MILAD NUBI MuBARAK.
6- Maah-e-Rabiul Awwal Sharif Mubarak
7- Allah Kareem Is Mahine K Tufail ApKo
Sehat, Izzat, Azmat, Barkat, Rehmat, Rahat, Naimat, Aafiat, Ata Farmaey.
8- A box full of Duas, Blesings & Flowers for
‘Y-O-U-’…. 12 RABIUL AWWAL Mubarak ho!