Muhammad's Birthday

national and public holidays in Malaysia Islamic Holiday. National holiday in several countries

Interior of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

When is Muhammad's Birthday in 2017?

Date Country
December 1st Algeria Algeria
November 30th Bahrain Bahrain
December 1st Bangladesh Bangladesh
December 1st Egypt Egypt
December 1st Ethiopia Ethiopia
December 1st Fiji Fiji
December 1st India India (regional)
December 2nd India India (regional)
December 1st Indonesia Indonesia
December 1st Iraq Iraq
December 1st Jordan Jordan
December 1st Kuwait Kuwait
December 1st Lebanon Lebanon
December 1st Libya Libya
December 1st Malaysia Malaysia
December 1st Maldives Maldives
December 1st Morocco Morocco
December 1st Oman Oman
December 1st Pakistan Pakistan
December 1st Rwanda Rwanda
December 1st Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
December 1st Tanzania Tanzania
December 1st Tunisia Tunisia
November 30th United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
December 1st Yemen Yemen

'Mawlid' is Celebrated by Muslims during the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar.

Shias observe the event on the 17th of the month, while Sunnis observe it on the 12th of the month. Some branches of Sunni Islam, such as Wahhabi and Salafi do not celebrate Mawlid, meaning that it is not a holiday in some countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

As the Islamic calendar is based on lunar cycles, the date in the Gregorian calendar will vary each year. The Islamic Calendar is about 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar, meaning that in some years this holiday will occur twice.

Also known to Muslims in Malaysia as Maulud Nabi. This is purely a religious festival and is marked as a public holiday.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born on 12 Rabiulawal in 570 AD.

His birthday is celebrated with religious lectures and recitals of verses from the Koran.

The basic earliest accounts for the observance of Mawlid can be found in 8th century Mecca, when the house in which Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born was transformed into a place of prayer.

Though public celebrations of the birth of Muhammad (PBUH) did not occur until four centuries after his passing away. The oldest Mawlid-text is claimed to be from the 12th century and most likely being of Persian origin.


During Mawlid celebration, the national flag is hoisted on all public buildings, and a 31-gun salute in Islamabad and a 21-gun salute at the provincial headquarters are fired at dawn. Hundreds of thousands of people gather at Minar-e-Pakistan Lahore between the intervening night of 11th and 12th Rabi' al-awwal for Mawlid celebrations, this is the worlds biggest gathering for Mawlid celebrations.


In India, this holiday is observed in the following states: Andaman & Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Odisha, Puduchery, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh.

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