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Friday, March 20, 2009

Mawlid in Pakistan


Eid Milad-un-Nabi / Mawlid MubarakMawlid (Eid Milad an Nabi) (Turkish: Mevlid) (Qur'anic Arabic: مَوْلِدُ آلنَبِيِّ‎ mawlidu n-nabiyyi, “Birth of the Prophet” Standard Arabic: مولد النبي mawlid an-nabī, sometimes simply called in colloquial Arabic مولد , mawlid, múlid, mulud, milad among other vernacular pronunciations) is a term used to refer to the observance of the birthday of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad (saws)which occurs in Rabi' al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.TimingMawlid falls in the month of Rabi' al-awwal in the Islamic calendar. Sunnis observe the event on the 12th of the month, while Shias observe the event on the 17th coinciding with the birth date of their sixth Imam, Ja'far al-Sadiq. As the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, the corresponding date in the Gregorian calendar varies each year. In 2009, Mawlid will fall on March 9 for the Sunnis or March 14 for the Shi’as.ObservancesWhere Mawlid is celebrated in a carnival manner, large street processions are held and homes or mosques are decorated. Charity and food is distributed, and stories about the life of Prophet Muhammad (saws) are narrated with recitation of poetry by children. Scholars and poets celebrate by reciting Qaṣīda al-Burda Sharif, the famous poem by 13th century Arabic Sufi Busiri.Mawlid is celebrated in most Muslim countries, and in other countries where Muslims have a presence, such as India, Britain, and Canada. Saudi Arabia is the only Muslim country where Mawlid is not an official public holiday, but some elite Hijazi families have revived the mawlid there. Participation in the ritual celebration of popular Islamic holidays is seen as an expression of the Islamic revival.Among non-Muslim countries, India is noted for its Mawlid festivities. The relics of the Prophet Muhammed (saws) are displayed after the morning prayers in the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir at Hazratbal shrine, on the outskirts of Srinagar. Shab-khawani night-long prayers held at the Hazratbal shrine are attended by thousands.During Pakistan's Mawlid celebration, the national flag is hoisted on all public buildings, and a 31 gun salute in the federal capital and a 21 gun salute at the provincial headquarters are fired at dawn. The cinemas shows religious rather than secular films on 11th and 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal.
Minhaj-ul-Quran International organized 25th Annual International Mawlid-un-Nabi Conference 2009 at Minar-e-Pakistan Lahore on March 09, 2009 which was telecast live on ARY Digital and http://www.Minhaj.org throughout the world.
Shaykh Muhammad Yaqoubi's English Speech at Minhaj ul Quran's International Mawlid un Nabi Conference,Lahore,Pakistan

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