Eid-el-Maulud is an Islamic holiday that commemorates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
It is observed on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi’ al-Awwal, which is the third month in the Islamic calendar.
The date of Eid-el-Maulud varies on the Gregorian calendar, but it typically falls in the months of October or November.
This year, 2023 Eid-el-Maulud falls on September 27, 2023. The Nigerian federal government declared the date a public holiday.
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Here are ten(10) facts about Eid-el-Maulud you may not know:
- Eid-el-Maulud is celebrated by Muslims all over the world, but it is especially popular in Muslim-majority countries
- Common Eid-el-Maulud traditions include:
- Reciting the Quran and other Islamic texts
- Attending special Eid-el-Maulud gatherings at mosques or community centers
- Listening to sermons and lectures about the Prophet Muhammad’s life and teachings
- Visiting family and friends
- Giving gifts and charity
- Eating special Eid-el-Maulud foods
- The Ottomans were the first to declare Eid-el-Maulud as an official holiday in the 16th century
- It is widely believed that the first Eid-el-Maulud celebration was held in 1207. A month-long celebration preceded the actual date. Musicians, jugglers, and assorted entertainers attracted people from all over.
- The celebration of Eid-el-Maulud is subject to some controversy among Muslims. Some believe that it is a permissible and even desirable way to honor the Prophet Muhammad, while others believe that it is an innovation in Islam and should not be celebrated
- It is one of the two most important Islamic holidays, along with Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha
- Mawlid is recognized as a national holiday in most of the Muslim-majority countries of the world except Saudi Arabia and Qatar which are officially Wahhabi/Salafi. The Mawlid observance is generally approved of across the four Sunni schools of law and by mainstream Islamic scholarship.
- On Eid-el-Maulud, Muslims typically attend special prayers at mosques, listen to sermons about the Prophet Muhammad, and spend time with their families and friends. Many Muslims also donate to charity and give gifts to their loved ones on Eid-el-Maulud
- The Eid-el-Maulud celebration holds on a different date for Shia and Sunni Muslims. The celebration typically holds on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi’al-awwal for the Sunni Muslims, while the Shia Muslims celebrate on the 17th day of the month.