Eid Milad-Un-Nabi 2020: Muslims who follow the Sufi or the Barelvi school of thought celebrate the birth anniversary of the last Prophet of Islam, Prophet Muhammad, as Eid Milad-un-Nabi or Eid-e-Milad which is also called Nabid and Mawlid in colloquial Arabic. The festival is celebrated by the Sufi and Barelvi sect during Rabi’ al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.
The moon for the beginning of the month of Rabi’ al-awwal began in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and other parts of the subcontinent region was sighted on October 18 this year. As per the gregorian calendar, October 19th was the first date of Rabi ul Awwal.
Sunni community Muslims, celebrate Eid-e-Milad, on the 12th day of Rabi’ al-awwal whereas the Shia community celebrates it on the 17th of Rabi’ al-awwal. This year, Eid-e-Milad will be celebrated on October 29 in Saudi Arabia and on October 30 in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and other parts of the subcontinent region.
Eid Milad-Un-Nabi History and Significance
The origin of celebrating Prophet Muhammad’s birthday can be traced back to the early four Rashidun Caliphs of Islam and the idea of marking this day was first initiated by the Fatimids. Some Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca on the twelfth day of Rabi’ al-awwal in 570 CE.
Eid Milad-Un-Nabi Celebrations
This day is celebrated on a large scale, celebrations include feasts and street processions are also held to celebrated Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. During the month, many events are organised to learn the teaching of Prophet Muhammad and people organise prayers at home. However, this year no gatherings will be allowed because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.