‘Milad-un-Nabi’ is also popularly known as Eid-E-Milad, is a festival of great relevance to Muslims across the world. The day is observed to mark the birth of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. It falls in the holy month of Rabi’ al-Awwal, which is the third month of the Muslim lunar calendar. Milad un Nabi story takes us back to the history of how it was celebrated the first time and what it means.
The word Mawlid is derived from the word wilada which in the Arabic language means ‘birth’. It commemorates the day when the holy Prophet (PBUH) came into this world and blessed all Muslims and humanity with his spiritual presence. Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated across the world with a lot of devotion and enthusiasm. The date for Mawlid keeps varying as per the Gregorian calendar every year as the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar.
Story of Milad Un Nabi
The story of Milad un Nabi can be traced back to the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. It is believed that Prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca on the twelfth day of Rabee-ul-Awwal i.e the third month of the Islamic lunar calendar in 570 CE. It was in the 8th century that the birth house of the Prophet was converted into a prayer house by Khaizuran, the mother of Khalifa Harunur Rashid.
In the early days of Islam, the Prophet’s birth was observed as a holy day with prayer meetings at the Prophet’s house or the Mawlid house. Over the years, with an increase in the number of visitors, it was kept open for the whole day specifically for this celebration. Milad un Nabi was first ever celebrated as an official festival in Egypt. The celebrations became more popular during the 11th century. The other Muslim countries like as Syria, Turkey, Morocco, and Spain started to celebrate this day only after 12th century. Earlier the celebrations used to occur during the day, in comparison to modern day observances, with the ruler playing a key role in the ceremonies.
Eid-E-Milad is not a celebration for one day. It is a celebration of ideals and virtues of Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. This festival is dedicated to the Prophet’s life and his preaching. On this felicitous occasion, the teachings of Prophet Muhammad and his life are discussed.
Even though most Muslim majority countries celebrate Mawlid, there are some nations that hold contrasting views. Milad un Nabi is also the death anniversary of the Prophet and thus some Muslims do not like to celebrate the day. Another reason why some parts of the Muslim world do not want to celebrate the day is that it is not mentioned in the Quran anywhere to celebrate a day other than those mentioned in the holy book. Hence scholars opine against Milad un Nabi celebrations. This distinction marks a huge difference in the way this day is observed around the world.
Milad Un Nabi Wishes
If you are among those who celebrate Eid e Milad, here are some beautiful messages to share with your loved ones:
- Sending you good wishes and my greetings on the auspicious day of Eid Milad-Un-Nabi
- Eid Milad-Un-Nabi Mubarak. May your prayers be answered, and your dreams be fulfilled on this auspicious day.
- May Allah bless you and your loved ones with the choicest blessings. Eid e Milad Mubarak.
- Wishing you a very Happy Eid Milad-Un-Nabi.
- Here’s wishing you and your family happiness, good health, and prosperity. Eid e Milad Mubarak.
- This Mawlid, may Allah bless you with good health and happiness. Eid Milad Mubarak
- Sending good wishes your way on the occasion of Eid Milad-Un-Nabi.
Send good thoughts and messages to your loved ones and make the Prophet’s teachings your way of life. May Allah be with you today and always.