Mawlid (Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi) celebration is observed marking the birth of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Celebration of Mawlid takes place in Rabi' al-awwal, i.e. on the third month in the Islamic calendar. In some parts of the globe, like in Egypt the term Mawlid is used in a generic manner to mark birthday celebrations of historical religious figures like Sufi saints.
Other Terms Used For Mawlid Are As Follows:
- Mawlid an-Nabi (pl. al-Mawalid) - The Birth of the Prophet (Arabic)
- Milad an-Nabi - The Birth of the Prophet (Arabic / Urdu)
- Mevlid Serif - The Blessed Birth (Turkish)
- Mevlud/Mevlid - Birth (Bosnian)
- Mawlud Sharif - The Blessed Birth (Dari (Afg)/Urdu)
- Zadruz-e Payambar-e Akram - The birth of the great/blessed Prophet (Persian)
- Eid al-Mawlid an-Nabawi - Festival of the birth of the Prophet (Arabic)
- Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi - Festival of the birth of the Prophet (Urdu)
- Mawlid En-Nabaoui Echarif -The Blessed Birth of the Prophet (Algerian)
- Yawm an-Nabi - The Day of the Prophet (Arabic)
- Maulidur-Rasul - The Birth of the Messenger of Allah (Malay)
- Mulud - The Birth (Javanese)
- Maulid Nabi - The Birth of the Prophet (Indonesian)
- Maulud Nabi - The Birth of the Prophet (Malaysian)
- Maulidi - Swahili (East Africa)
- Gamou - Wolof (Senegal)
- Barawafat - The Birth of the Prophet (Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh)
Celebration of Mawlid :
- During Mawlid celebrations, large processions come out on the road and it is a real carnival.
- Homes and mosques are decorated for the purpose of getting into the mood of Mawlid celebrations.
- People practice charity and distribute food to others. There is also the practice of narrating stories of the life of Muhammad by the help of recitation.
- Scholars and poets make it a point to celebrate Mawlid by reciting Qa?ida al-Burda Sharif, the well-known poem of the 13th century Arabic Sufi Busiri.
- Mostly in all Muslim countries, Mawlid is celebrated. Also the countries which have Muslim presence like India, Britain, and Canada, celebrate Mawlid.
- The only Muslim country which doe not observe Mawlid as a public holiday is Saudi Arabia. People tend to participate in the ritual celebration of Islamic holidays as they want Islam to revive.