Eid Milad un Nabi – A Sacred Event in Pakistan

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Eid Milad un Nabi regards the event of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birth. This event varies among different Muslim communities and cultures. This article focuses on the celebration of the event in Pakistan’s different cultures and communities.

When is prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) birthday?

Eid milad un nabi also known to be “mawlid” is celebrated during the month of rabiul awal. This is the third month according to the Islamic calendar. The two most populous sects “Shia and Sunni” have different dates for this holy day. Shias observe this event on the 17th of the month whereas Sunnis observe this event on the 12th of this month. This day is considered a holy day and is a public holiday in many countries where Muslims are popular. As it commemorates the anniversary of the birth of a prophet. A prophet who is the founder of Islam and the proclaimer of the Qur’an.

12 Rabiul Awal in 2023

According to the ruet –e-hilal committee in Islamabad. The central sighting committee of the crescent had announced the beginning of rabiul awal on September 18. Eid Milad un nabi will be celebrated on 12 Rabiul Awal which is the 29th of September in Pakistan. Since this day comprises a public holiday this year federal government has announced three public holidays for public employees. Which includes 2 offs of Saturday and Sunday.

Eid Milad un Nabi celebration

Traditions of Eid Milad un Nabi

Though public celebrations did not take place for centuries after Muhammad’s passing away. The oldest celebration is from the 12th century and is of Persian origin. The Sunni and Shia have their way of celebrating this holy day. The Shia community believes Hazrat Ali as his successor. The Sunni offers prayers throughout the month and do not mourn.

During the event, the specific green flag is hoisted on all public buildings, a 31-gun salute is given in Islamabad, and a 21-gun salute in the provincial capitals. Thousands of people gather around Minar e Pakistan for the celebrations which is regarded as the largest gathering on this event.

Commonly houses and masjids are lit up and decorated with lighting and flowers along with specific green flags, which can be seen on almost every street.

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