Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, which Muslims refer as Eid Milad ul-Nabi or Malwid is commemorated on the third month in the Islamic calendar or Rabi’ al-wwal. The exact date of the celebrations varies among scholars but most Muslims celebrate on 1st December this year, with festivities having started on the sunset of 30th November. In some parts of India, it will not begin until 2nd December because of the late sighting of the moon.
Eid Milad ul-Nabi Celebrates Muhammad’s Life
Some Muslims do not celebrate birthdays or death anniversaries because there is no historical evidence that Muhammad did so in his lifetime. However, for them, the Holy Prophet’s birthday is considered a great blessing to humanity because he is regarded as the chief of all prophets on earth, to whom God revealed the Qur’an in the 7th century. He is a role model to all Muslims, regardless of status, because he was a man who lived a moral life filled with good habits and honorable and gentle feelings. He also set the right skills to avoid sin.
Born in Mecca in Saudi Arabia in 570, Muhammad was a man of prayer, who would spend his time meditating on Mount Hira. At the age of 40, he was visited by the archangel Jibrel and was given the first revelation, the first verses of the Qur’an. He is seen as a possessor of all virtues and his deeds and sayings, known as Sunna, are a model of the lifestyle all Muslims are obliged to follow.
Eid Milad ul-Nabi in the UK
Here in the UK, many Muslims usually fast from sunrise to sunset and dedicate their prayers to Muhammad during Eid Milad ul-Nabi. Families will then eat a meal together while parents joyfully share the inspiring story of Muhammad to the children. Bigger community celebrations are generally held at mosques and include speeches, lectures, poems, and spiritual songs.
Although not a public holiday in the UK, Malwid celebrations are usually held by Muslim communities at Blackburn, Oldham, Glasgow, Leicester, Halifax, Leeds, London, Sheffield, and Nelson. At Walthamstow Assembly Hall, Forest Rd, London, Muslims have celebrated the Largest Annual Eid Milad ul-Nabi in the UK and Europe. Already on its 34th year, the event starts with a procession, followed by the Rahmatul lil Aalameen Conference, which means Mercy for the Universe.
Essay Writer wishes all our Muslim brothers and sisters great and peaceful Eid Milad ul-Nabi celebrations.