We all wish for our children to know and love Rasullah (S) and to look up to him as their first and foremost role model in this life. The fact is that there is no person born on this Earth that should be more beloved to us than the Prophet Muhammad (S). While we should always remember him on a regular basis, a special time that we can dedicate to his remembrance is the Prophet’s birthday (s).
The Prophet’s birthday is reported to have been on the 12th of Rabi ul Awwal in the Hijri/Lunar Calendar each year, which will fall on Saturday, October 8 this year. Of course, the date moves back 10 days every year because the Hijri/Lunar calendar is 10 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar. According to another report, the Prophet’s birthday was on the 17th of Rabi ul Awwal.
What is significant about the Prophet’s birthday, and what should we do to celebrate this day each year?
Making the most of Mawlid Al Nabi
The Prophet’s birthday, or mawlid al-nabi, is celebrated in a variety of ways by Muslims across the globe. Many joyously celebrate this day with special food, festivities, and the recitation of mawlid poems.
Some scholars have spoken out against the adoption of un-Islamic birthday celebrations for this event. Thankfully, there are many wholesome and permissible ways to recognize the blessing that is the birth of the Noble Messenger of Allah (S), including sending salawat, or peace and blessings, upon him, reciting the darood, and taking the time to learn more about Rasulullah, teach our children about him, and remember Allah (SWT).
You can teach your children more about the exemplary model of Rasulullah (S) on the Prophet’s birthday (S) by sharing with them Noor Kids’ character building program, which includes fun, interactive classes, Kids Khutbahs, and vividly-illustrated books that feature inspiring stories of relatable characters that work hard to follow the Prophet’s example in their daily lives!
One class your child can listen to in order to learn about the Prophet (s) on his birthday is called “Who is Prophet Muhammed?” In this class, the respected Shaykh Omar Suleiman helps children get to know and understand the beloved Rasulullah (S) and why he is so special to Allah (SWT).
Various cultures celebrate the mawlid in their own ways. For instance, in Mali, Muslims gather in mosques to hold congregational prayer and read religious texts. In Nigeria, competitions of Qur’an recitation are held. In Ethiopia, animals are sacrificed and distributed to the poor. In the Middle East, streets are decorated with lights and food is distributed to the public. In Pakistan, children in schools wear new clothes and host events to recite prayers and nasheeds praising the Prophet (S).
These are all efforts to celebrate this day while keeping the pleasure of Allah (SWT) in mind. Here we will include five simple ways that we can remember the Prophet (S) on his birthday.
5 Ways to Remember the Prophet (S) on Eid Milad un Nabi
- Sending salawat, peace and blessings, on the Prophet (S)
A beautiful way to remember Rasulullah (S) on Eid milad un Nabi is to send peace and blessings upon him. This includes saying sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, and reciting the darood throughout the day while thinking of him.
The darood, which we also recite during our Salah, is as follows:
اَللّٰھُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰی مُحَمَّدٍ وَّعَلٰٓی اٰلِ مُحَمَّدٍ کَمَا صَلَّیْتَ عَلٰٓی اِبْرَاھِیْمَ وَعَلٰٓی اٰلِ اِبْرَاھِیْمَ اِنَّکَ حَمِیْدٌ مَّجِیْدٌ اَللّٰھُمَّ بَارِکْ عَلٰی مُحَمَّدٍ وَّعَلٰٓی اٰلِ مُحَمَّدٍ کَمَا بَارَکْتَ عَلٰٓی اِبْرَاھِیْمَ وَعَلٰٓی اٰلِ اِبْرَاھِیْمَ اِنَّکَ
Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammadiw-wa ‘alaa aali Muhammadin kamaa sal’layta ‘alaa Ibrahima wa ‘alaa aali Ibrahim. Innaka hamidum-majid. Allahumma baarik ‘alaa Muhammadiw-wa ‘alaa aali Muhammadin kamaa baarakta ‘alaa Ibrahima wa ‘alaa aali Ibrahima innaka hamidum majid.
“O Allah, bless Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and the family of Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are praiseworthy and glorious. Allah, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, as you have blessed Ibrahim and his family. Truly, You are praiseworthy and glorious.”
2. Learning about the Prophet (S)
Another important practice for the Prophet’s birthday (S) that is also pleasing to Allah is to learn more about Rasulullah (S), spend time in his remembrance, and teach our children about what happened when Prophet Muhammad was born (S). Muslims have access to an ocean of resources to learn about the Prophet (S) and his life, including through books of hadith, the sirah, and online classes and videos made for both children and adults alike.
Some biographies, like the Sealed Nectar and When the Moon Split by Safiur Rahman Mubarakpuri, read like a story and are a compilation of hadith of the Prophet’s life from birth until death. Videos available online and on YouTube by knowledgeable and respected scholars from around the globe traverse into each and every part of the Prophet’s (S) life and teach valuable lessons.
When teaching our children about Rasulullah on his birthday, it is important to emphasize that he is the best role model for all Muslims. As the most perfect person to be born, we study his life not only because he is most beloved to Allah, but because he is also beloved to us. We must read his stories, learn his characteristics and teachings, and do our best in following them in our daily lives as the best example.
Noor Kids books have awesome stories that can teach your child to follow the example of the Prophet (S). On Mawlid an Nabi, you can get these resources as part of Noor Kids’ book bundles!
3. Being Thankful and doing Shukr
In the life and death of Prophet (S), we see the love of Allah (SWT) for all of His creation. Allah (SWT) chose Rasulullah (S) as our Messenger to teach us the way of Islam and to show us the easiest path to Jannah.
Even on the Prophet’s birthday (S), we must remember the blessing that Allah (SWT) bestowed upon us when He chose our beloved Messenger as the perfect example. He sent down the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad (S), and gave us a beautiful role model to get to know, to love, and to follow.
Moreso, the Prophet (S) himself commands us to be thankful for all the blessings that Allah has sent us. What better way to commemorate the birth, death, and life of our dear Prophet than to follow his example and follow his advice? Let’s make it a part of our Mawlid Al-Nabi traditions to remember Allah and his Prophet (S)!
An awesome resource of duas and adhkar, or supplications, that we can use to remember Allah and express our gratitude for His blessings on Eid Milad un Nabi is the Dua and Adkhar website, where you can conveniently find duas for every occasion!
4. Give in Charity
Giving sadaqa, or charity, is a great way to earn extra reward, please Allah (SWT), and follow the footsteps of our beloved Prophet (S). The Prophet (S) encouraged us to give in charity regularly, as it not only cleanses our sins but increases us in piety and ranks in the eyes of Allah! On this special occasion, we should give charity while remembering the example of Rasulullah (S), and how this act is pleasing to him!
Charity can be more than simply giving money to the needy. Charity can also be acts of worship where we help those in need with services, kind words, community service, and more! Some ways to give in charity other than donating money is to volunteer for a clean-up, helping your parents with extra chores, and taking care of young children or the elderly!
5. Read the Qur’an
The Holy Qur’an is the words of Allah (SWT) sent to the Prophet Muhammad (S). Indeed, it is the revelation of the Qur’an that marked the beginning of his journey as the Messenger of Allah (SWT). The Holy Qur’an was revealed in parts to Rasulullah (S) over the course of his lifetime, with many verses oftentimes corresponding with relevant events from his life.
Reading the Qur’an is a must for all Muslims not only to gain reward and increase in ranks, but to understand our purpose in life, learn the commandments of Allah (SWT), and become better Muslims and human beings. When we read the Qur’an, there is extra reward beyond reciting, even though there is great reward in the beautiful and proper recitation of the Qur’an.
On Eid Milad un Nabi, we can remember and honor the Prophet (S) and his legacy by reading the Qur’an, and pondering on the ayaat, verses, sent down to him as a mercy and guidance for all mankind. As an extended act of worship, we can engage in learning the tafsir of these verses by learning about the instances of revelation. This can help us in understanding the time, place, and background of each ayah and how it related to the Prophet (S)’s life in that moment.
Activities for Kids
On the Prophet’s Birthday (S), kids can also take part in the religious celebrations and remembrance by doing some fun activities. These activities honor the legacy of the Prophet, teach kids more about him and his life, and aim to instill a love for him in their hearts!
Here are just a few activities you and your child can take part in on the Eid Milad un Nabi:
- Prophet (S) Bingo: Create your own Bingo game with facts about the Prophet’s life. Some of these facts can include his birthday, the age he became a Prophet, the names of his children, when he was married, and more.
- Prophet (S) Jeopardy: Create a jeopardy game with facts about the Prophet’s life and important events in his life as a Prophet! In this activity, kids can learn more about Rasulullah (S) and have fun while doing so.
- Prophet (S) Storytime: Have each member of the family select a story from the Prophet’s life (S) and retell it open mic style! Use emotions and gestures to pull your family members into a moving story that has a lesson to be learned.
- Masjid Nabawi Mural: Get together with your family and paint a large mural of Masjid Nabawi, the Prophet’s (S) masjid. Painting together in this way requires teamwork- and creativity!
The Prophet’s Birthday (S) – A Takeaway
Celebrating the Prophet’s birthday (S) is a common practice all across the world. Muslims of all cultures and ethnicities commemorate this day through festivities of mawlid poems, new clothing, delicious food, and more.
We can make the best of this day each year by spending extra time remembering the Prophet (S), learning about him, and remembering Allah (SWT) even more. May Allah grant us all the wisdom, knowledge, and ability to follow our beloved Rasulullah (S) in his footsteps so we are all granted the highest ranks in Jannah!