Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi is an Islamic festival which celebrates the birth of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad. It is believed that Prophet Hazrat Muhammad Sahib, born in 571 AD in Mecca, had established Islam. It’s also said that He was the last prophet of Islam and there won’t be any other Prophet until doom. Although the dates are based on lunar calendar, this year it will be celebrated on 1st and 2nd December in India.
Let’s gather more knowledge as to how Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated.
Kashmiri Muslims react upon seeing a relic believed to be hair from the beard of Prophet Mohammad, displayed during the festival of Eid-e-Milad-ul-Nabi, at Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar Dec 1. #photography pic.twitter.com/vo4DioyoLX
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As per the beliefs, in old time, when social and religious conditions were quite worse, the poor people were tortured and women were not safe. There were several tribes that took advantage of the vulnerability of the weaker section of the society. That’s when Prophet Muhammad emphasized the prayer of Allah and taught people how to get closer to Allah by serving and helping others.
People have different takes about this day as many don’t celebrate it as a happy occasion. The two sects- Shia and Sunni have different beliefs regarding the day and the methods of celebrations. For Shias, Prophet Muhammad was born on the 17th day of the month and that the Prophet chose Hazrat Ali as his successor. On the other hand, Sunnis observe the Eid-e-Milad on the 12th day and they hold prayers throughout the month.
Eid-e-Milad, also known as Mawlid, is an important occasion for Muslims. Large gatherings are held where communities attend various events. There are lectures, speeches, poem recitations, and spiritual songs on the life of Muhammad and the lifestyle of Islam.
The festival is celebrated with great zeal in many countries in the form of grand processions, decorations, prayers, and recitations. People decorate the mosques with lightings and perform prayers. Besides, sweets are distributed and tales of Prophet Muhammad are also narrated. It’s believed that recitation of hymns and poetry in the praise of Prophet helps one to get worldly and heavenly rewards.
Muslims have great respect for Prophet Hazrat Muhammad and this occasion is a day to remember the Prophet and his teachings. People perform namaaz and recall the valuable teachings of Muhammad. It’s believed that on this day if people follow all the religious norms properly, they are bestowed with Allah’s blessings and get closer to Allah.