Eid Milad-un-Nabi 2021: What you need to know about the date, history and significance

Eid Milad-un-Nabi 2021: This year, according to the Gregorian calendar, Eid Milad-un-Nabi begins on the evening of October 18 and ends on the evening of October 19.

Eid Milad un Nabi
Eid Milad un Nabi

Milad-un-Nabi or Eid-e-Milad is celebrated on the birthday of Hazrat Mohammad Saheb, the Prophet of Islam. This festival is observed by many Muslims belonging to the Sufi or Parelvi school of thought. It is also known as e-Milad, Prophet’s Day, Muhammad’s Birthday or Prophet’s Birthday and An-Nabi. Originally celebrated as an official festival in Egypt, Eid-e-Milad became very popular in the 11th century.

When is Eid Milad-Nabi celebrated?

This year, according to the Gregorian calendar, Eid Milad-un-Nabi begins on the evening of October 18, 2021 and ends on the evening of October 19, 2021.

About the Prophet Muhammad

It is believed that the Prophet Muhammad, Rabi al-Awwal, the third month of Islam, was born on the 12th of 573 AD. Eid-e-Milad is observed by some as mourning because it is also believed to be the day of the Prophet’s death. The full name of the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad was Muhammad ibn Abdullah ibn Abdul Muttalib. He was born in Mecca. It is believed that in 610 AD he attained enlightenment in a cave called Hira near Mecca. He later taught the teachings of the Quran, the holy book of Islam.

The festival of Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated by the followers of Islam. However, Shiites and Sunnis alike have different views on the festival.

How is Eid Milad-Nabi celebrated?

Sunni Muslims are believed to celebrate Eid Milad-Nabi on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal, and Shia Muslims observe it on the 17th of Rabi al-Awwal.

In addition, people on this day wear green ribbons or green clothes and carry green flags or banners. Green is the symbol of Islam and paradise. People also hold activities such as parades, parades and night long prayer meetings.

Communal food is also served in mosques and other community buildings. There are various exhibitions with photos of various mosques in the holy cities of Saudi Arabia.

Although Eid-e-Milad is widely observed in India and other countries, various sections of the Islamic community in Islamic culture believe that there is no place for the birthday celebrations of the Prophet. Muslims from Salafi and Wahhabi schools of thought do not refer to the tradition of festivals.