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 2015?

Date Country
January 3rd Algeria Algeria
January 3rd Brunei Brunei
January 5th Fiji Fiji
January 3rd India India (regional)
January 3rd Lebanon Lebanon
January 3rd Pakistan Pakistan
January 3rd United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Date Country
December 24th Algeria Algeria
December 23rd Bahrain Bahrain
December 24th Bangladesh Bangladesh
December 24th Egypt Egypt
December 24th India India (regional)
December 24th Indonesia Indonesia
December 23rd Iraq Iraq
December 24th Jordan Jordan
December 24th Kuwait Kuwait
December 23rd Libya Libya
December 24th Malaysia Malaysia
December 24th Morocco Morocco
December 24th Oman Oman
December 24th Pakistan Pakistan
December 24th Tunisia Tunisia
December 24th United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
December 24th 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.

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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