Al-Mawlid Al-Nabawi (Prophets birthday)
Today March 9th 2009, (12 Rabi-Al awal 1430) is Mawlid Al-Nabawi, (Prophet Muhammed’s ‘S.A.W’ birthday). Yet our country ‘Kuwait’ doesn’t have a holiday. For some reason its pushed till thursday, while all the other Muslim countries are celebrating this day by having a day off.
The Mawlid al-Nabi was first observed around the thirteenth century and was preceded by a month of celebration. The actual day of Muhammad’s birthday included a sermon, recitation of litanies, honoring of religious dignitaries, gift giving, and a feast. The festival spread throughout the Muslim world and is celebrated in many countries today.
Speeches are given about the life of the Prophet in gatherings, and dinners are held. This occasion was not celebrated in the early times of Islam and is therefore unevenly celebrated today, with great and festive celebrations in many Muslim countries . Muslims everywhere celebrate this day with great rejoicing. This occasion is not for frivolity or pleasure seeking, but an event of inner joy and happiness. Assemblies and conferences are held throughout the Muslim world to narrate the stories of the Prophet’s birth, childhood, manhood, and his preaching, his character, his sufferings and his forgiveness for even his bitterest enemies, and about his leadership, his triumphs through Allah’s mercy over the hearts of men.