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Milad Un Nabi History and Significance in Islam
Milad Un Nabi, also known as Mawlid, marks the birth anniversary as well as the death anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The birth anniversary is celebrated as an Islamic festival across the world.
Milad Un Nabi History goes back to the time when Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) was born in Makkah. However, it became more popular during the 8th century after the Prophet's house was converted into a prayer hall by the then Caliph, Harun-al-Rashid's mother, Al-Khizuran.
The day of Milad Un Nabi, at that time, was observed very differently from the way it is observed today. In the 11th century, Mawlid was only celebrated in Egypt by the leading clan. People used to recite and offer prayers later in the day, and then people from the ruling family gave speeches and verses from the Holy Quran. But it was in the 12th century, that other Muslim countries, such as Syria, Turkey, Morocco, and Spain, also started to celebrate this day.
Milad Un Nabi Celebration
The ritual of celebrating the holy Prophet's birth began on an enormous scale in Egypt by the descendants of the Prophet, through his daughter Fatima. The theologians and the religious institutions celebrated the day by gathering to hear sermons and distributing gifts and sweets, particularly honey, which was considered to be the Prophets' favorite.
Milad Un Nabi is celebrated by Muslims all over the world with a lot of zeal and enthusiasm. The celebration varies between the different sections of the community. Some celebrate it on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, others celebrate it on the 17th of the month. On the Prophet's birth anniversary, people carry green flags in their hands and tie ribbons on their wrists to celebrate Prophet Muhammad's teachings. The color green has religious significance. It represents the religion of Islam and paradise.
On Milad Un Nabi, people gather at the mosque or the dargah and spend hours in prayer. Parades are also carried out from the mosques to the town and back. The people chant prayers and praise the Prophet while marching. Community meals are arranged, and people gather together to recount the stories of the Prophet's life. The event is observed at its best when people wear new clothes, offer prayers, and exchange greetings.
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