Prophet Muhammad birthday in the month of Rabi ul awal

Holy Prophet Muhammad Birthday

Sunni Muslims observe the Prophet Muhammad birthday on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi ul awal, while Shia Muslims mark it on the 17th of this month. Muhammad is believe to be the last prophet(SAW).

Rabi ul Awal month of Prophet Muhammad Birthday

Interesting fact is,There are mixed beliefs on how one observes prophet Muhammad birthday. Some people see the Prophet’s birthday as an event worthy of praise. OthProphet Muhmmaders view the celebration of birthdays as contradictory to Islamic law.  Well Both sides cite the Hadith (narrations originating from the words and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad) and events from Muhammad’s life to support their views.Mawlid, or Milad, is celebrated with large street parades in some countries. Homes and mosques are also decorated. Some people donate food and other goods for charity on or around this day. Others listen to their children read out poems about events that occurred in the Prophet Muhammad’s life. Mawlid is celebrated in this way in many communities across the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia.However, many Muslims also do not participate in celebrations on this day. Instead, they may mark the occasion by spending more time to read the Koran. Muhammed is said to have been born on a Monday and some scholars see fasting during the hours of daylight on Mondays as another way to celebrate his birth.

Public Life

Mawlid is a public holiday in many Islamic countries but not in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Many schools, stores, businesses and organizations are open. Islamic schools, stores, businesses and organizations may be close for part of or all of the day. Public transit systems usually operate to their regular schedule.


The holy prophet Muhammad  birthday, was born in Mecca, now in Saudi Arabia, in the year 570 of the Gregorian calendar. The precise date of his birth is unclear. However, Sunni Muslims observe Muhammad’s birthday on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi ul awal, while Shi’a Muslims mark it on the 17th day of this month. The 17th day of Rabi’ al-awwal commemorates the birth of the sixth Shi’a iman, Ja’far al-Sadiq.

The term Mawlid is use in Egypt and Sudan to refer to the birthdays of both prophet  Muhammad and local Sufi saints. The birthdays of about 3000 Sufi saints are mark or celebrate. Some of these birthdays are large celebrations that attract visitors from various countries. One of the most notable of these is the celebration of Ahmed el-Bedawi’s birthday. Ahmed el-Bedawi lived about 700 years ago and is believe to be buried under the Mosque of Sheikh el-Said Ahmed el-Bedawi. The site attracts millions of visitors, including those who sleep in the mosque and in tents on the streets surrounding it.

However, the word  Milaad, depending on the method of transliteration used, comes from the Arabic word for birth and usually refers to the anniversary of Muhammad birth. Look like This observance is also known as Mevlid Serif in Turkish, Mawlūd Sharīf in Urdu and Maulidur-Rasūl in Malay.

Quick Facts

Closely Mawlid, or Milad, marks the birth of the Islamic prophet Muhammed, or Mohamed, in the year 570 of the Gregorian calendar.

Prophet Muhamamd Birthday 2016

United Arab Emirates – Sunday, December 11, 2016

2 countries – Tuesday, December 13, 2016

49 countries – Monday, December 12, 2016

Prophet Muhammad Birthday 2017

Happily United Arab Emirates – Thursday, November 30, 2017

Luckily 49 countries – Friday, December 1, 2017

2 countries – Saturday, December 2, 2017


Name in other languages

Name Language
Prophet’s Birthday English
Le Mawlid French
Mawlid an-Nabi (Geburtstag des Propheten) German
Mawli Spanish

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