The upcoming Muslim Festival Id-E-Milad-Un-Nabi will
celebreated on Saturday in India. Many Muslims in India observe Milad un-Nabi,
which commemorates the Prophet Muhammad's birthday.
According to popular belief, the Holy Prophet was born on
the twelfth day of Rabee-ul-Awwal in 570 CE in Mecca. Rabi-ul-Awwal is the
third month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The Ahl as-Sunnah however, does not
specify that one must celebrate “Milad” only on 12 Rabee-ul-Awwal, it can be
celebrated at any time of the year, remembering the teachings of the Prophet.
Eid-e-Milad is also called Maulid or Mawlid,
since naat and hyms are sung in praise of the Prophet. It is believed
that, listening to these recitation one gets worldly and heavenly rewards.