Eid-ul-Milad, also called Mawlid, is the day celebrated by the Muslim population. It is dedicated to the teachings of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). Commemorated on the 12th day of Rabi’ al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar, this year it falls on 10th of November as per the Gregorian Calendar.
As per the legends, the prophet was born on this day in Mecca in 570 CE. However, the Shia community believes that the prophet selected Hazrat Ali as his successor on this day.
The birth of Prophet Mohammad is regarded as the blessing to humanity. He is considered to be the chief of all the prophets sent to Earth by God and it is to Him that the Holy Quran was revealed.
The festivities are organized in relation to the Prophet. Naats and Hymns are sung reciting his teachings. Stories are said about different aspects of his life – his birth, childhood, youth, adulthood and old age- and how he forgave even his most bitter enemies.
People come together in public gatherings recounting his bravery, wisdom, preaching, and his final triumph over the Meccans. The celebrations are mainly quiet since the day is also considered to be the death anniversary of the Prophet.
However, at some places, mosques are decorated and illuminated and large processions are carried out on the streets. People also donate in charity.
The festivities of Mawlid are neither prohibited nor obligatory in the Muslim law. People celebrate out of love and respect to Prophet Mohammad and his teachings.