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Milad an-Nabi (Mawlid)

Celebrate Milad an-Nabi—rejoice, reflect, and immerse in the essence of Prophet Muhammad's teachings for a peaceful and enlightened life.
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Mark your calendars for September 16th, as billions of people around the world come together to honor and celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad on Milad an-Nabi, also known as Mawlid. This day is one of joy, reflection, and peace, steeped in rich history. Dating back to the 11th century, the holiday is a time to commemorate the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad, which has had an enduring impact for over 1,400 years. So, come join the global community as we immerse ourselves in the profound wisdom of Prophet Muhammad's teachings, reflecting on his message of peace, understanding, and compassion. Rejoice and participate in this beautiful commemoration of knowledge and love!

History of Milad an-Nabi (Mawlid)

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>570</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of Prophet Muhammad</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, was born in the city of Mecca in present-day Saudi Arabia.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>610</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Revelation of the Quran</div><div class='timeline-text'>Prophet Muhammad began receiving revelations from Allah, forming the basis of the Quran, the holy book of Islam.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>632</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Death of Prophet Muhammad</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Prophet Muhammad passes away, leaving a profound legacy of faith and spirituality for his followers.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origins of Milad an-Nabi</div><div class='timeline-text'>Milad an-Nabi was first observed around this century, possibly initiated by the Fatimid dynasty in Egypt.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1200s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Spread of Milad an-Nabi</div><div class='timeline-text'>The observance of Milad an-Nabi spread across the Islamic world, with various cultures adding their unique traditions to the celebration.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>Present Day</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>Today, Milad an-Nabi is observed by Muslims around the globe, with festivities ranging from peaceful prayer to vibrant parades, depending on the local tradition.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Milad an-Nabi (Mawlid)

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Attend a Mawlid procession</h3><p class='facts-text'>Mawlid is traditionally celebrated with large public processions. Find out if your local mosque or Islamic community center is organizing one, and if possible, join in to sing and chant in honor of the Prophet Muhammad.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Read the Prophet’s biography</h3><p class='facts-text'>Take time to read about the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad. Many books and online resources detail his life journey providing an understanding of his compassionate way of living, striving for peace and unity.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Listen to Nasheeds or Qawwali</h3><p class='facts-text'>Nasheeds and Qawwalis are forms of spiritual music that often tell stories from the life of the Prophet Muhammad. Feed your soul by listening to these moving hymns that embody his teachings of peace and tolerance.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Prepare a special Mawlid meal</h3><p class='facts-text'>As part of the Mawlid celebration, Muslims often prepare special meals to commemorate the occasion. Cook a traditional dish or your family's favorite meal and invite loved ones over for a special Mawlid meal.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Donate to charity</h3><p class='facts-text'>One of the central teachings of Prophet Muhammad was the importance of charity. In his honor, consider making a donation to a cause you care about or finding other ways to help those less fortunate.</p></div></div>

Why Milad an-Nabi (Mawlid) is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>An opportunity for global unity and reverence</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Milad an-Nabi brings people together from all around the world in a shared celebration. It provides an opportunity to honor and respect the birth and teachings of Prophet Muhammad, creating a strong sense of unity amongst billions of people.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Imbued with profound teachings</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Celebrating Milad an-Nabi allows us to immerse ourselves in the profound and compassionate teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. His message of peace, understanding, and charity has had an enduring impact, guiding us towards a more peaceful and enlightened life.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Promotes charity and kindness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The Prophet Muhammad emphasized the importance of charity. Celebrations like Milad an-Nabi provide opportunities to donate to charities, help others and stress on the importance of kindness in our daily lives. This act of giving not only demonstrates love towards our fellow beings, but also honors the teachings of the Prophet.</p></div></div>

5 Enlightening Facts about Milad an-Nabi

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Milad an-Nabi has Diverse Celebrations</h3><p class='facts-content'>Being a globally celebrated holiday, the customs and traditions associated with Milad an-Nabi vary greatly depending on the culture and country. Some observe the day with quiet prayer, some with large and colorful processions, others with communal meals, storytelling events, and more.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Date of Milad an-Nabi Varies Based on Lunar Calendar</h3><p class='facts-content'>Milad an-Nabi is celebrated according to the Islamic lunar calendar, which is 11-12 days shorter than the solar calendar used in most of the western world. Thus, the date of celebration varies in the Gregorian calendar every year.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Two Mawlids are Celebrated in Some Countries - Sunni and Shia</h3><p class='facts-content'>In countries where both Sunni and Shia Islam are practiced, two Mawlid celebrations are often observed, as the two sects commemorate the prophet's birth on different days.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Sufi Muslims Have Unique Mawlid Observances</h3><p class='facts-content'>In Sufism, a mystic tradition of Islam, Mawlid observances often include chanting and reciting poetry and hymns in praise of the prophet, holding spiritual gatherings, and performing certain rituals.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Not All Muslims Observe Milad an-Nabi</h3><p class='facts-content'>While Milad an-Nabi is widely celebrated, not all Muslim sects observe the holiday. Some believe that it's inappropriate to celebrate the Prophet’s birth as it could potentially lead to idolatry, which is opposed in Islam.</p></div></div>

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