Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s Birthday

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


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6 thoughts on “Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s Birthday

  1. The legitimacy and legality of the celebration is disputed…the birth of the Prophet is one of the most significant events in Islam, but it really shouldn’t be as celebrated as it is. He didn’t celebrate it, his family didn’t, the Sahaba didn’t, the Tabi’in didn’t, and he never told anyone to celebrate it either. Nor is it mentioned in the Qur’an.
    Are you trying to create more parallels between Christianity and Islam? They celebrate the birth of Jesus even though it isn’t spiritual anymore, it’s commercialized. That will happen to Muslims to if people celebrate Mawlid like it is. Another article you posted says for Muslims to not follow Christians or Jews, so why are you being contradictory?

  2. Yes you are right about celebration and what Prophet Mauhammad (PBUH)
    said and I apologize about what I said about celebration. What I meant
    about celebrating his birthday is that we should have remembrance for
    it. Like my musjid recited Naats and made dua’s for Rasullulah (PBUH).
    I should have found different words to give off my meaning of what it
    meant to me. How I put it was wrong and against Islam and hopefully
    Allah (SWT) will forgive. We will update the post to make the post say
    what I meant it to say. InshAllah.

    And Allah (SWT) know best.

  3. hello my jan brother’s
    when i saw your website,
    now iam v.happy because we must pay attention for our nice,clean and effective religion.
    thank you so much,
    Ahamd zaki from kabul,Afghanistan.

  4. Knowledge is light, as u have impacted knowledge, may the light of Allah always shine on u. Amin .
    Khadijah from Nigeria.

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