Eid-e-Milad 2019: Date of Observance in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Significance of Mawlid
Shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti (RA) lit on occasion of Eid-e-Milad | File Image | (Photo Credits: PTI)

New Delhi, November 2: Eid-e-Milad, also referred to as Eid Milad un Nabi or Mawlid, will be celebrated in the Indian subcontinent next week. As per the sighting of the Rabi-ul-Awwal moon, the dates have fallen on November 9-10 in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and other parts of the subcontinent region. The festival, which marks the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (saw), is observed on the 12th date of the Islamic month of Rabi ul Awwal. Rabi ul-Awwal Moon Sighted in India And Pakistan Today, Eid Milad-un-Nabi on November 9-10.

Since the month began in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and other parts of the subcontinent from the evening of October 29, the 12th date of Rabi ul Awwal will begin post sunset on November 9. This would initiate the Mawlid celebrations, which would last till the evening of November 10.

The observance of Milad holds special significance for Muslims adhering to various school of thoughts. The annual event is aimed at propagating the values and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (saw). The celebrations involve congregations to commemorate the life and principles of the Islamic icon, along with processions and feasts.

According to renowned Pakistani cleric Allama Tahir ul Qadri, who heads the institution of Minhaj ul Quran, Mawlid is the "Eid of Eids" as it celebrates the birth of Prophet Muhammad (saw), who Muslims believe was sent to the Earth to lift all forms of oppression. "Holy Prophet (saw) shattered the clouds of ignorance and guided humanity with the power of truth and divine knowledge," Qadri said, as his organisation has called upon Muslims to celebrate the occasion in all parts of the world.

"The methods of celebrating 'Eid Mawlid un Nabi' as mentioned by the great Imams of Islam such as Muhadith Ibn Jawzi, Imam Jalal-ud-Din Sayuti, Mullah Ali Qari, Shaykh Qutb-ud-Din Hanafi and many others, is that gatherings are held with recitation of the Holy Quran, praise of the Holy Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, lectures on the Seerah (character) and his birth followed by a feast," the Minhaj ul Quran said in its statement.

Mawlid gatherings and processions are documented to have taken place in the areas of Hejaz, Mecca and Madina as well till the early 20th century. However, after the creation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the hardline regime has banned the celebrations on Eid-e-Milad. Nonetheless, the devotion and love for the Holy Prophet (saw) continues unabated in the Indian subcontinent -- the land which has been blessed with hundreds of Sufi saints who kept the lamp of Ahle Bayt (as) lit to this day.