New Delhi: Milad-un-Nabi or Eid-e-Milad is celebrated on the occasion of the birthday of the Prophet of Islam, Hazrat Mohammad Saheb.
The festival is observed by many Muslims from the Sufi or the Barelvi school of thought. It is also known as Un-Nabi by the name of E-Milad, Nabi Day, Mohammad’s birthday or the Prophet’s birthday.
First celebrated as an official festival in Egypt, the celebrations of Eid-e-Milad became more popular during the 11th century.
Prophet Muhammad is believed to have been born on the 12th of 573 AD, the third month of Islam, Rabi al-Awwal. Eid-e-Milad is also mourned by some because it is also believed to be the death anniversary of the Prophet. The full name of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad was Mohammad ibn Abdullah ibn Abdul Muttalib. He was born in the city of Mecca. It is believed in 610 AD he attained enlightenment in a cave named Heera near Mecca. He later preached the teachings of the Quran, the holy book of the religion of Islam.
The festival of Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated by followers of Islam. However, the Shias and Sunnis have different views about this festival.