Update2: In case if you missed the post from last year, here it is:
Update: I apologize for misguiding some people into thinking that we should “celebrate” the birthday of the Prophet (PBUH). What I meant by celebrating was that we should remember him by reading the Quran and hadiths and tell about his history. I did not mean making it another Christmas or Eid. But I did realize that the article also supported the idea of celebrating. So I went back and made corrections to the article I found with all respects to the author but they were spreading the wrong information of Islam. So once again I apologize for misleading some Muslims, may Allah (SWT) forgive my sins.
I deeply thank Zulfiqar for pointing out the corrections.
MV: Today marks a special day of the year, our own Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s birthday. Musjids all over the world have remembrance of this day by having functions for Islam such as telling the story of the Prophet (PBUH) and reciting naats such as in my local Musjid at Selden. And what makes it better for kids in New York is that we got a day off, Thank Allah (SWT) so we got to pray Jummah as well! Happy Milad-un-Nabi!
“And peace on him on the day he was born, and on the day he dies, and on the day he is raised to life” Holy Quran 19:15
Allahuma salli ala Muhammadin wa Aal-e Muhammad
O God! Shower thy blessings on Muhammad and the descendents of Muhammad
Milad-un Nabi or Maulid (Mawlid) is the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). This day should be kept as a remembrance for our Prophet (PBUH) and not a celebration. A way to remember our Prophet and avoid it becoming an another Christmas is to read the Quran and talk about the Prophet’s history. Prophet Muhammad was born Arabia in the city of Mecca on the 12th day of Rabi-ul-Awwal, which was Monday the 20th day of April, 571 A.C.
This is also his death anniversary. The occasion is celebrated by remembering the favors bestowed on the ummah (community), the first is the revelation of the Holy Quran with its instructions, the second, the institution of an Everliving Guide who would advise the mu’mins (believers) according to the needs of the time. This is why Ismailis are called Ibn’ul Waqt (children of the time) as they are guided by the Imam of the time, Noor Mowlana Shah Karim Al Hussayni Hazar Imam (salwaat), His Highness the Aga Khan. He is the 49th Imam descended from the Holy Prophet’s daughter, Fatima and Hazrat Ali (a.s.).
For Shia Muslims, this occasion is of even more important and full of symbolism as this was also his death anniversary and, therefore, it endorses the Hablillah (Rope of Imamat) wherein Prophet Muhammad had chosen Hazrat Ali as his successor at Gadhir-e Khumm.
On this day every year, believers gather to recite special prayers for thanking Allah (SWT) for sending Prophet Muhammad as a mercy to all nations, and speeches and lectures are made about the seerat (life) and instructions of the Holy Prophet. Poetry in the form of naats are recited and after the prayers.
Our beloved Prophet offers humanity a perfect example in all facets of life. The Holy Quran declares: “Verily, you have in the messenger of Allah, a most beautiful model (Uswa al-Hassanah).” Laqad kana lakum fee rasooli Allahi oswatun hasanatun Quran 33:21