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Barawafat – Muslim Festival

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The Holi Islamic Eve of Barawafat

The Holi Islamic Eve of Barawafat. Barawafat, popularly known as Milad-Un-Nabi is a festival of the Muslim community all over the globe. It is also known as Mawlid which signifies the birth of the prophet Muhammad. It is celebrated in the third month of the Islamic calendar with éclat and enthusiasm.
 
Barawafat, popularly known as Milad-Un-Nabi is a festival of the Muslim community all over the globe. It is also known as Mawlid which signifies the birth of the prophet Muhammad. It is celebrated in the third month of the Islamic calendar with éclat and enthusiasm. The date of Barawafat varies between Shia and Sunni believers It is the traditional commemoration of the birth of Muhammad. Apart from Islamic majority countries, Mawlid is also celebrated in countries like India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia etc. People are gathered in streets for processions on this day. The homes and mosques are decorated beautifully with light and colorful flags.
 

Activities during Barawafat include:

Night-long prayers A decoration of homes, buildings, and mosques. Religious processions Communal meals in mosques and dargahs Large scale meetings where the teachings and virtues of the Holy Prophet are elaborated upon and religious poems (nats) are sung. Content- Wikipedia.org By- Anita Aishvarya

Nomenclature

Coincidentally, the date on which Prophet Muhammad was born and the date on which he died are the same. The name “Barawafat” is derived from “Barah”, meaning twelve, a possible reference to the 12 days of Prophet’s sickness in the month of Rabi-Al-Awwal. “Milad-Un-Nabi” is an Urdu phrase, which literally means – “birth of the Prophet”. However, the other popular name “Mawlid” has Arabic roots, meaning to give birth.

WHEN IS BARAWAFAT CELEBRATED?

Barawafat is celebrated in the Islamic calendar month of Rabi-Al-Awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar. However, the exact date of Prophet Muhammad’s birth varies with the Sunni and Sia clans of the Muslim community. Sunni scholars accept the 12th day of Rabi-Al-Awwal as the birth date of Prophet Muhammad, while Sia scholars believe the 17th day of Rabi-Al-Awwal as his birth date.

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