The respective article provides an understanding of how Muslims tend to celebrate Eid e Milad un Nabi as Muslims are divided into many sects. Different sects celebrate this sacred event accordingly.
Evolution of Eid e Milad un Nabi Celebrations:
From the early records, it is found that back in the 8th century there were first-ever celebrations of this holy event. These celebrations were simple and peaceful. Reading Islamic text and poetry was the means to celebrate.
When Islam expanded:
Later on, when the Islamic empires expanded especially in the Middle East, there was an increase in the celebrations. There were gatherings. This was the first time when people gathered for this sacred event, now named Eid e Milad un Nabi in Pakistan. There were recitations of the poetry in praise of the Holy Prophet publicly.
With the development of Sufism:
Sufism had a pacific impact regarding the mawlid celebrations. With the development of Sufism, the mawlid gatherings were popular, often involving poetry and speeches about the life of the Holy Prophet (P. B. U. H).
Regional and Sect differences:
The celebrations of mawlid vary from region to region. Such as if we visit South Asia there are colorful celebrations. It is observed as a public holiday and people celebrate it with procession, decorations, and special sweets. The people of South Asia mostly belong to Sunni and Shi’a sects.
However, if we move to the Middle East there will be no such celebrations. The people of the Middle East belong to the al-Wahhabi sect and people of this sect do not celebrate the way South Asians do. So here we can have differences in celebrations based on sect and region.
In this modern era till 2023. We can see when Eid e Milad un Nabi arrives people tend to decorate their houses with colorful lighting and have streets covered with colorful ribbons. Masjids are decorated with green lights. People gather and there are cake-cutting ceremonies. Some people wear green badges on their suits. In big cities, there are canons fired in the commemoration of the Holy Prophet.
With the advent of modern technology, celebrations are also digitalized. When this holy day is going to arrive people start sharing messages with each other on WhatsApp. Many people share posts on different social media platforms. Many of the communities engage in these celebrations as an act of charity and community services