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Mawlid Al-Nabi

What is Mawlid al-Nabi and how is it celebrated around the world?


Mawlid translates as ‘birth’ in Arabic and Al-Nabi translates as ‘prophet'. 


Therefore Mawlid al Nabi celebrates the birth of the Islamic Prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him). Muhammad’s (pbuh) birthday is celebrated around the world as a joyous and auspicious occasion.


Mawlid al Nabi is recognised as a national holiday in all Muslim countries around the world, with the exception of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.


Mawlid al Nabi is observed by Sunni Muslims on the 12th of Rabi’ Al-Awwal, which is the third month in the Islamic calendar, or on the 17th of the same month by Shiite Muslims. However as the Islamic calendar follows the lunar cycle, the date of this holiday can move by up to 10 days each year on the Gregorian calendar.


Every year, Muslims around the world celebrate this special day with family and friends. Large street processions with beautiful decorations often take place, as Muslims gather in unity to honour their prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) birth, life and message. Muslims also decorate their homes with beautiful adornments such as bright lights, symbolic flags and authentic incense, in honour of this special day.


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Charitable acts such as distributing food to the poor also take place. Various talks and sermons about the life of the prophet are held to educate and encourage the implementation of the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) message in life. Poetry and songs are also recited and sung in remembrance of Muhammad (pbuh).

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Many Muslims may also celebrate the day by fasting from dawn until sunset.


Food is an important part of the celebrations. Dishes that were thought to be the Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) favorites are often served such as tharid, or tharida, a meat and vegetable broth which is served over crispy bread. Finally concluding with delicious desserts like baklava and rice pudding sweetened with honey. 


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