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 2018?

Date Country
Tuesday, November 20th Algeria Algeria
Tuesday, November 20th Bahrain Bahrain
Wednesday, November 21st Bangladesh Bangladesh
Wednesday, November 21st Cameroon Cameroon
Tuesday, November 20th Egypt Egypt
Tuesday, November 20th Ethiopia Ethiopia
Tuesday, November 20th Fiji Fiji
Tuesday, November 20th India India (regional)
Wednesday, November 21st India India (regional)
Tuesday, November 20th Indonesia Indonesia
Tuesday, November 20th Iraq Iraq
Tuesday, November 20th Jordan Jordan
Thursday, November 22nd Kuwait Kuwait
Tuesday, November 20th Lebanon Lebanon
Tuesday, November 20th Libya Libya
Tuesday, November 20th Malaysia Malaysia
Tuesday, November 20th Maldives Maldives
Tuesday, November 20th Mali Mali
Tuesday, November 20th Morocco Morocco
Tuesday, November 20th Oman Oman
Tuesday, November 20th Pakistan Pakistan
Tuesday, November 20th Senegal Senegal
Tuesday, November 20th Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Tuesday, November 20th Tanzania Tanzania
Tuesday, November 20th Tunisia Tunisia
Monday, November 19th United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Tuesday, November 20th 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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