Mawlid Rasul, also known as Mawlid or Milad-un-Nabi, is a significant religious celebration observed by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad. This joyous occasion is marked on the 12th day of Rabi’ al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic lunar calendar.
Across the globe, Mawlid Rasul celebrated with great fervor and cultural diversity. In various countries, the festivities take on unique customs and traditions, reflecting the rich tapestry of Muslim communities.
In Egypt, for instance, the streets come alive with vibrant processions, where people carry decorated lanterns and recite prayers. The celebrations often culminate in communal feasts, where families and friends gather to share traditional dishes.
In Indonesia, one of the world’s most populous Muslim-majority countries, Mawlid Rasul is celebrated with a blend of spiritual reflection and cultural performances. Decorative lights adorn mosques, and communities organise parades, poetry recitals, and cultural exhibitions. The event provides an opportunity for Indonesians to strengthen their faith and foster unity.
In Pakistan, Mawlid Rasul is observed with a combination of religious gatherings and charitable activities. People attend special prayers at mosques, listen to sermons about the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad, and engage in acts of charity, such as distributing food to the less fortunate.
In Turkey, the celebration is marked by special prayers at mosques, followed by gatherings where scholars and religious leaders share insights about the Prophet’s life. Illuminated displays and decorations grace the streets, creating a festive atmosphere.
In Malaysia, our beloved country, we conduct special prayers and religious gatherings, lectures, and discourses like the ones we call kuliyah, tazkirah or forum, charity acts and events, and community feasts. Besides that, Mawlid Rasul is a public holiday in Malaysia regardless of religion and race, everyone gets a day off from work.
During Mawlid Rasul, Muslims around the world reflect on the life, teachings, and legacy of Prophet Muhammad. The celebration serves as an opportunity for believers to deepen their understanding of his role as the final prophet in Islam and to reinforce their commitment to following his example.
While the customs and festivities surrounding Mawlid Rasul vary from country to country, the underlying theme of gratitude, reflection, and reverence for Prophet Muhammad remains universal. It is a time for Muslims around the world to come together, strengthen their faith, and renew their commitment to the teachings of Islam.
Happy celebrating Mawlid Rasul to all!