Muhammad's Birthday

National and public holiday in several countries National holiday in several countries

Interior of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

When is Muhammad's Birthday?

Which countries have a holiday for Muhammad's Birthday in 2017?

Date Country
Thursday, November 30th Algeria Algeria
Thursday, November 30th Bahrain Bahrain
Friday, December 1st Bangladesh Bangladesh
Friday, December 1st Egypt Egypt
Friday, December 1st Ethiopia Ethiopia
Friday, December 1st India India (regional)
Saturday, December 2nd India India (regional)
Friday, December 1st Indonesia Indonesia
Friday, December 1st Iraq Iraq
Thursday, November 30th Jordan Jordan
Thursday, November 30th Kuwait Kuwait
Thursday, November 30th Lebanon Lebanon
Thursday, November 30th Libya Libya
Friday, December 1st Malaysia Malaysia
Thursday, November 30th Maldives Maldives
Friday, December 1st Morocco Morocco
Friday, December 1st Nigeria Nigeria
Tuesday, December 5th Oman Oman
Friday, December 1st Pakistan Pakistan
Friday, December 1st Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Thursday, November 30th Tanzania Tanzania
Friday, December 1st Tunisia Tunisia
Thursday, November 30th United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Friday, December 1st Yemen Yemen

'Mawlid' is Celebrated by many 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.

Traditions of Muhammad's Birthday

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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