One of the famous holidays celebrated by many people across the world is Milad Al-Nabi or in English, Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. The prophet was born in Mecca on Monday and he died as well on a Monday. The tradition of celebrating his birthday had been greatly spread all over the world and still has a great importance to all Muslims both Sunni and Shi’a. The Sunni celebrate it on the 12th of the Islamic month, Rabi al- awwal, while the Shi’a celebrate it on the 17th of Rabi al- awwal.
People began to celebrate Milad Al-Nabi four centuries after his death. At first, on the 12th or the 17th of Rabi al- awwal people used to visit the birthplace of the prophet. Later on, the place became greatly condensed and populated with many people that it could no longer accommodate more people; so late in the 12th century it was announced as a holy day. Then in the thirteenth century the holiday reached Egypt, specifically in Cairo, then spread all over the world.
Milad Al-Nabi is not only celebrated in Arab countries, but across the world. Milad Al-Nabi may be celebrated slightly differently in other countries, but the tradition of buying the “Halwet El Moled” sweets is shared. In addition, on that day, many people may read and learn about the prophet’s life and his experiences. There are many ways the day can be celebrated, but on behalf of many Egyptians “Halwet El Moled” is one of the main sweets that is present in all Egyptian homes.
It’s actually great to see how the Arabic word Mawlid is written similarly in many different languages. For instance, in Turkish Mevlid-i Şerif (The Blessed Birth), in Urdu Mawlūd-e Sharīf (The Blessed Birth) in Bosnian Mevlud/Mevlid (The Blessed Birth), in Persian Milād-e Payambar-e Akram (The birth of the great/blessed Prophet), and lastly in Indonesian Maulid Nabi (The Birth of the Prophet).
By Nada Sorour
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