Celebrate Your Milad in London.
Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) is an important festival and event for the Muslims. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born in Mecca on this day. Exact date is 12th Rabi' Al-awwal 570 AD. Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) is celebrated in every country of the world and Holy Seerah of Prophet (PBUH) is read for conveying message of peace and harmony to others.
Dr. Michael Hart in his book The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History has ranked Prophet (PBUH) in top of list and has admired his legacy.
History of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH)
Abu al-Abbas al-Azafi was the ruler of Morocco and he has celebrated it first in history of world. Muzaffar ad-Din Gökböri was also important contributor for this specific day. He was the king of Syria and Iraq at times of Crusades.
Slowly with the passage of time, every Muslim country began celebrating however scholars in countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar has banned it. India has the largest population of Muslims in world and therefore biggest celebrations occur there.
The festival is celebrated with feelings of extreme happiness. Muslims come out on the roads in the form of processions for demonstrating their love with Prophet (PBUH). Mosques are decorated with lights and they look beautiful. Relics of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are also showed at various places which could be museums, mosques and other places etc.
Many scholars have disputed celebration of Eid-Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH). They consider some of the practices as un-Islamic and have compared it with Christmas which is celebration of Hazrat Isa (AS). Years have been passed and there have been strong debates between scholars however general public has celebrated it thus neglecting views of scholars.
Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) in London
London has one of the largest Muslim communities in world. Many people are residents whose elders have immigrated to United Kingdom. Muslims celebrate Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) in London in a joyful like they celebrate in Islamic majority counties.
It also gives message of strong harmony between Muslim Ummah which is observed all over the world. Non-Muslims also participate in these specific occasions and they are introduced with the holy life of Prophet (PBUH).
Rituals and Celebrations in London For Day of Mawlid
Worshipers offer special prayers a day before beginning of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi. Most of people do holiday in London for celebrating this event. People decorate their houses with various lights and other illuminating substances especially young boys take part exclusively trimming streets. It is a time taking process and they feel enjoyed in doing this activity. Banners of Holy Kaaba and Mosque of Prophet (PBUH) are also displayed higher in the streets.
International Seerah Conferences are held by the largest Muslim organizations where notable speakers address the audience. Processions are also held throughout London. Thousands of people take part in the processions.
Flowers and cards are also given by the Muslims to other people. There are also some of the important rituals which are to be performed.
1. Obligatory Salat
2. Recitation of Holy Quran
3. Reciting More and More Darood for Holy Prophet (SAW)
4. Giving Charity to Poor
5. Teaching Seerah to others
There are many grand mosques which are located throughout London where we can offer our obligatory prayers. Nawafil can be additionally prayed for thanking Allah Who has sent His Last Messenger for teaching beneficial knowledge to humanity.
Islam is the only door for entering Paradise. Salat should be performed with complete discipline because it is the most important commandment which was given as a gift by Allah to Prophet Muhammad (SAW) on the night of Isra and Miraj. There are many verses of the Quran which highlight importance of namaz.
Quran Chapter (2: Verse 153), (2:2-3), (2:227), (4:103), (5:91), (29:45) are extremely important in this regards.
Recitation of Quran
Quran should be recited on the day of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi. It is the best way of getting spiritual pleasure and peace rather than wasting time on useless activities. Quran is the largest miracle of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Darood should be recited more and more on the day of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi. It is only advice which has been given to us by our Prophet (PBUH) and Commandment in Quran for the praising the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). It is commanded to us in the Glorious Quran:
''Indeed, Allah confers blessing upon the Prophet, and His angels [ask Him to do so]. O you who have believed, ask [Allah to confer] blessing upon him and ask [Allah to grant him] peace.” [Quran, 33: 56''].
Durood Ibrahimi is referred in Sahih Bukhari and Muslim which means that it the only authentic way for praising the Prophet.
Charity is also given to the people for purpose of getting Sawab and nearness of Allah Almighty. It has been references by several times in the Holy Quran and Hadith. Quran Chapter 3: Verse 92, 2:215, 2:215, 2:110, 2:261 are very important in this regards.
There are also various hadith on importance. Many poor people who are living in London and their life is miserable. We also remember them in the day of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH).
Teaching of Seerah to Others:
Seerah is taught in various schools, colleges and universities in London which are particularly Islamic. Special events of Seerah are held on day of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH).
Muslim television channels broadcast transmissions which contains specific programs, naats so that viewers should adopt teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in their lives. It will make them better in the world and HereAfter.
Travelers Also Arrive in London for Celebration
Many people who are living away from their families celebrate Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi. Several notable religious scholars, intellectuals, educationists, fiqah experts specially travel to the city of London for attending conferences, seminars and events which are relating to this special day.
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