What do people do?
Milad-UN-Nabi meetings observing those who remember, discuss and celebrate the arrival of the Prophet Muhammad birth and his teachings. Milad-UN-Nabi some people send e-cards to friends and family. Many Sunni Muslims celebrate this event on the 12th of the Islamic month of Rabi ‘ al-awwal, while the Shiite community celebrates it on the 17th of Rabi ‘ al-awwal.
Many activities include:
Night-long prayer meetings.
Marches and parades in which large crowds.
Sandal rites over the symbolic footprints of the Prophet Muhammad.
Festive banners and bunting on and in homes, mosques and other buildings.
Common meals in mosques and other Community buildings.
Meetings to listen to stories and poems (WET) about Mohammad’s life, deeds and leather.
Exhibitions with photographs of mosques in the Holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
Many people wear green flags or banners or green ribbons or items of clothing to wear when taking part in these events. The color green represents Islam and paradise. Many Kashmiri Muslims gather at the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar, which is in the Indian province of Jammu and Kashmir. It houses a hair which is believed to have come from the Prophet Mohammad. Thousands of people attend prayers at the shrine on the night before Milad UN Nabi. The relic is displayed in the mosque after morning prayers. It was paraded through the city i previous years.
Milad UN-Nabi is a gazetted holiday in India so government offices, post offices and banks are closed on the day. Islamic stores, companies and other organizations can be closed or opening times has dropped. Those who want to use public transport on the day may need to contact the local transport authorities to check on timetables.
Big prayer meetings, parades and marches can cause local disruption of traffic. This is particularly true for areas of India with a predominantly Muslim population.
This festival Eid commemorates the Prophet Muhammad’s birth (or Mohammad) and celebrates his teachings.
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