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”Eid Milad-un-Nabi 2023: India to Indonesia, Saudi Arabia or Turkey, here’s how Malwid is celebrated across the world”

HINDUSTAN TIMES ''Eid Milad-un-Nabi 2023: India to Indonesia, Saudi Arabia or Turkey, here's how Malwid is celebrated across the world'' GRAZLE NEWS

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This year, Eid-e-Milad or Eid Milad-un-Nabi to mark the birth of Prophet Muhammad, will be celebrated on September 27 in Saudi Arabia, UAE etc and on September 28 in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and other parts of the subcontinent region and it is important to note that while Mawlid is celebrated with great enthusiasm in many parts of the world, there are variations in how it is observed and whether it is observed at all because some Muslim communities and scholars do not celebrate it, considering it an innovation (bid’ah) in Islam, while others view it as a way to express their love and admiration for the Prophet Muhammad. Also called Nabid and Mawlid in colloquial Arabic, Muslims from Salafi and Wahhabi schools of thought do not mark the tradition of festivities while the festival is celebrated by the Sufi and Barelvi sect during Rabi’ al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar but the way it is celebrated can vary from quiet and reflective to lively and festive, depending on local customs and beliefs. Here’s a glimpse of how it is celebrated across the world – 

India: Muslims here celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi with great fervor with decorations, processions and special prayers as integral part of festivities while in some regions, such as Hyderabad, the festival is marked by grand processions that include beautifully decorated elephants and camels. Naat, which are poems or songs praising the Prophet Muhammad, are often recited during gatherings and events as these poetic expressions of devotion are an integral part of the celebration. (PTI)

Iran: Iranian Muslims commemorate the Prophet’s birthday with prayers, religious gatherings and discussions about his teachings but the celebration typically includes recitations of poetry and religious hymns. (AP)

Indonesia: In Indonesia, Eid Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated with Muslims participating in religious processions, attending special prayers at mosques and organising community events to discuss the life and teachings of the Prophet. (AFP)

Pakistan: Eid Milad-un-Nabi is widely celebrated in Pakistan with people decorating their homes, streets and mosques in colourful lights and banners bearing Islamic verses, communities organising charitable activities, distributing free meals, religious processions or “juloos” featuring naat, speeches and chants in praise of the Prophet are common along with holding gatherings for prayers and discussions.

Egypt: Egyptian Muslims celebrate Mawlid al-Nabi with prayers at mosques, recitation of Quranic verses and communal gatherings. Sufi orders, in particular, hold special events to commemorate the Prophet’s birthday. (REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Morocco: Muslims in Morocco indulge in religious lectures, poetry recitations, traditional music, visit shrines and mosques, particularly the mausoleum of Moulay Idris II in Fes, to pay their respects on Mawlid. (Photo by Twitter/madina_haram)

Bangladesh: Those celebrating in Bangladesh observe Eid Milad-un-Nabi with religious gatherings, lectures and discussions about the Prophet’s life. Mosques are beautifully decorated and special prayers are held. 

Nigeria: Nigerian Muslims celebrate the Prophet’s birthday with prayers and gatherings at mosques and Islamic centers, engage in acts of charity, feed the less fortunate and donate to the needy. 

Saudi Arabia: In Saudi Arabia, Eid Milad-un-Nabi is observed with religious lectures, seminars and discussions on the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad where the emphasis is on understanding and following his Sunnah (way of life). 

Turkey: In Turkey, Eid Milad-un-Nabi celebration is known as Mevlid Kandili and it involves special prayers at mosques, visits to the tombs of Sufi saints, families preparing traditional sweets and sharing them with neighbours and friends. 

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