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Muhammad's Birthday

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

Mawlid marks the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad and is celebrated during the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar.
Interior of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

When is Muhammad's Birthday?

Which countries have a holiday for Muhammad's Birthday in 2019?

Date Country
Sunday, November 10th Afghanistan Afghanistan
Sunday, November 10th Algeria Algeria
Saturday, November 9th Bahrain Bahrain
Sunday, November 10th Bangladesh Bangladesh
Sunday, November 10th Benin Benin
Saturday, November 9th Brunei Brunei
Sunday, November 10th Cameroon Cameroon
Sunday, November 10th Chad Chad
Sunday, November 10th Djibouti Djibouti
Sunday, November 10th Egypt Egypt
Sunday, November 10th Ethiopia Ethiopia
Monday, November 11th Fiji Fiji
Sunday, November 10th Gambia Gambia
Sunday, November 10th Guinea Guinea
Sunday, November 10th Guyana Guyana
Sunday, November 10th India India (regional)
Saturday, November 9th India India (regional)
Saturday, November 9th Indonesia Indonesia
Sunday, November 10th Iran Iran
Sunday, November 10th Iraq Iraq
Sunday, November 10th Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
Saturday, November 9th Jordan Jordan
Sunday, November 10th Kuwait Kuwait
Sunday, November 10th Lebanon Lebanon
Sunday, November 10th Libya Libya
Saturday, November 9th Malaysia Malaysia
Sunday, November 10th Maldives Maldives
Sunday, November 10th Mali Mali
Sunday, November 10th Mauritania Mauritania
Sunday, November 10th Morocco Morocco
Sunday, November 10th Niger Niger
Saturday, November 9th Oman Oman
Sunday, November 10th Pakistan Pakistan
Sunday, November 10th Senegal Senegal
Sunday, November 10th Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Sunday, November 10th Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Sunday, November 10th Sudan Sudan
Sunday, November 10th Tanzania Tanzania
Sunday, November 10th Tunisia Tunisia
Saturday, November 9th United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
Sunday, November 10th 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.

Pakistan

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.

India

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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