January 14 is an important date on the calendar for Muslims around the world. Muslims will be celebrating the birthday of their spiritual leader Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) with the annual Eid Milad un Nabi. Atthar Mahmood, vice-president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada and president of Muslims Against Terrorism, says the council and its affiliate mosques and organizations have special plans this year to mark this special occasion. “It is an important day of joy and celebration across the Muslim world,” says Mahmood.
He says the Prophet Muhammad(peace be upon him) was born in Makkah on 12th Rabi Al Awwal (the third month of the Islamic calendar) in 571 AD. “Eid Milad un Nabi is a national holiday in all Muslim countries except Saudi Arabia. The overwhelming majority of Muslims celebrates this important day. Eid Milad un Nabi is also a national holiday in several non-Muslim countries including India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Fiji, Trinidad & Tobago,” says Mahmood. He says several special programs to mark the birthday are being planned by the council.
“Various Muslim Imams and leaders will be delivering lectures in these programs. All of these programs have no admission and meals will be served,” says Mahmood. “By the grace of Allah, Canada is the only country in the world where Prophet Muhammad’s, peace be upon him, birthday celebrations will continue for four months; the longest celebrations in the world.” Until May 4, from Halifax to Victoria, and including most major Canadian cities, chapters of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada and its affiliate mosques and organizations will be holding Eid Milad un Nabi conferences to mark the birthday celebrations of Prophet(peace be upon him) of Islam.