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Saturday, 04 January 2014 18:32

Mawlid an Nabi

Mawlid al-Nabi is the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, on the 12th day of the month of Rabi al-Awwal in the Muslim calendar.  The day was first observed around the thirteenth century.  It used to be preceded by a month of celebration.  The activities on the actual day included a sermon, recitation of litanies, honouring of religious dignitaries, gift giving, and a feast. The festival is celebrated in many countries today. There are some conservative sects (e.g., the Wahhabiyah) that consider the celebration to be idolatrous.

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