Muslims across the World are celebrating Eid Milad~un~Nabi or Eid~e~Milad today October 8, 2022. This day is celebrated with great joy because it is the birthday of Prophet Muhammed. The day is also known as Nabid and Mawlid in colloquial Arabic.
The date of Eid Milad~un~Nabi is different each year, as it depends on the sighting of the moon and the beginning of the third month in the Islamic calendar Rabi ul Awal. For the unversed, the last messenger of Islam the blessed Prophet Muhammed was born in 570 CE in the city of Mecca (Makkah).
Eid Milad~un~Nabi 2022: Date
This year the celebrations of Eid Milad~un~Nabi will begin on the evening of October 8 and will end on October 9. Eid Milad~Un~Nabi is celebrated across the World in the third month of the Muslim lunar calendar Rabi ul Awal.
Eid Milad~un~Nabi 2022: History and Significance
The history of Eid~e~Milad dates back to the early days of Islam when people gathered to read poetry and sang verses to honor the Prophet, Muhammad. The celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday was started by the Fatimids and dates back to the early four Rashidun Caliphs of Islam. Muslims who observe Milad~un~Nabi remember, discuss, and celebrate the Prophet’s life on this day. People pray all night and send Milad~un~Nabi wishes to friends and family.
Eid Milad~un~Nabi 2022: Lesser known facts
There are only restricted festivities on Eid Milad~un~Nabi as the same day also marks the death anniversary of the Prophet. The event is usually marked by congregations where religious leaders make speeches on the life of the Prophet.
One of the most important parts of Eid Milad~un~Nabi is to focus on the Prophet, his teachings, sufferings, and his character, as he even forgave his enemies.
The Sunni community observes Eid~e~Milad on the 12th day of the month while the Shia community celebrates it on the 17th.
Interestingly, there are many Muslims who believe that the birthday celebrations of the Prophet Muhammad do not exist in Islam. According to them, any other festival, except for Eid~al~Fitr and Eid~e~Adha is a form of biddah or innovation in religion.