Mawlid Un Nabi History
Mawlid un Nabi (Arabic: مَوْلِدُ النَبِيِّ) is celebrated in some countries as the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The Prophet Muhammad is believed by Muslims to be God's last messenger to mankind. Celebrations of Muhammad's birthday began in 11th century Egypt. Sunni Muslims discourage celebrating any birthdays at all, especially Muhammad's because they believe that they are not supposed to elevate him to god-like positions. On the other hand, some Muslim denominations like Sufis do honor his birthday.
Mawlid Un Nabi Facts
- Muhammad was born in Mecca to Abdullah ibn Al Muttalib, the son of the chief of the Quraysh, and Aminah bint Wahab, a member of the Banu Zuhrah tribe. His mother, Aminah, is a descendent of Abraham through his son Ismail.
- Soon after Muhammad was born, he was sent to live with Bedouins, nomadic Arabs who travel from oasis to oasis with camels. This was done because the desert life was considered healthier for infants.
- Muhammad was born on the Year of the Elephant, which is named after the year on which Aksumite king Abraha tried to destroy Mecca with an army of his elephants. Tradition dictates that the army was destroyed by birds carrying small stones, which they threw on the elephants.
- Muhammad's father died a few months before he was born. His mother passed away when he was six years old. His grandfather, Abdullah ibn al Mutallib, became his new guardian.
Mawlid Un Nabi Top Events and Things to Do
- Watch the Omar series to learn more about the times of Muhammad. Although it does not show Muhammad directly out of Muslim's respect for him, it shows all his companions and the lives they led.
- Study the Quran or the Hadith (teachings of Muhammad) to learn more about the Prophet Muhammad.
- Read The Sealed Nectar, a prize winning book, which is a complete authoritative book on the life of Prophet Muhammad.
Mawlid Un Nabi References and Related Sites
Michael Cook, Muhammad
, Oxford University Press, 1983
Sherrod Beaumont Burnaby, Elements of the Jewish and Muhammadan Calendars
, Nabu Press 2013