The Birth of the Prophet
Mawlid, also known as Eid Milad un Nabi or The Prophet's Birthday, is an occasion to study and commemorate the life of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
Although the exact date of his birth is unknown, Muslims agree that, according to most accepted historical narrations, he was born on day 12 of the month of Rabi’ Al `Awwal of the Islamic calendar in the year 570 or 571CE (in the Gregorian calendar), which is also called the Year of the Elephant. The occasion is commemorated during Rabi’ al-`awwal, which is the third month in the Islamic calendar.
This year, the Mawlid falls on Tuesday 20 November to Wednesday 21 November, and many Muslims throughout the world use this time to commemorate the life of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by studying his Sunnah to better themselves and following his example. This may include distributing charity and food to the poor and telling stories about the life of the Prophet.
Other ways to remembering his Mawlid include fasting during the daylight hours, saying special prayers or eating a communal meal while studying his teachings. How do you intend to commemorate Mawlid this year?