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Prophet's Birthday in United Kingdom

Eid Milad ul-Nabi (Mawlid, Milad-un-Nabi) is an occasion to celebrate the life of the Prophet Muhammad. It falls on the 12th or 17th day of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-awwal. Some Muslims in the United Kingdom mark this occasion by fasting or with special prayers or conferences.

Modern British Mosque
Eid Milad ul-Nabi celebrations are held in mosques or conference centers in some parts of the United Kingdom.
Eid Milad ul-Nabi celebrations are held in mosques or conference centers in some parts of the United Kingdom.
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What Do People Do?

Many Muslims in the United Kingdom may fast during daylight hours, say special prayers or eat a communal meal. Eid Milad ul-Nabi celebrations are held in large mosques or conference centers in many towns and cities with a substantial Muslim population. These include:

  • Blackburn.
  • Glasgow.
  • Halifax.
  • Leeds.
  • Leicester.
  • London.
  • Nelson.
  • Oldham.
  • Sheffield.

Other communities organize coaches to enable their members to attend these events. The celebrations generally consist of lectures, speeches, poems and spiritual songs on the life of Mohammad and the Islamic lifestyle. Some events concentrate on telling the story of Mohammad's life to young children, as well as organizing for children to tell the stories. Street parades may be organized and some of the celebrations may be held outdoors. Activities may last for a week or even the whole month of Rabi' al-awwal in some communities.

Many Muslims see Eid Milad ul-Nabi as an important time to learn about and reflect on Muhammad’s life. The lectures and speeches are often recorded and published as podcasts. Some communities broadcast the celebrations live via radio or Internet to so people can hear or watch them at home.  Authors often launch books or pamphlets on Islam. Many celebrations include stalls selling Islamic books, leaflets, clothing, prayer mats and other materials.

Public Life

Eid Milad ul-Nabi is not a public holiday in the United Kingdom. However, some Muslim businesses and organizations may be closed for part or all of the day or offer a reduced level of service. Parades may cause some local disruption to traffic.

About Prophet's Birthday in other countries

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Prophet's Birthday Observances

Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
FriFeb 262010Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
WedFeb 162011Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
SunFeb 52012Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
ThuJan 242013Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
TueJan 142014Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
SatJan 32015Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
ThuDec 242015Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
MonDec 122016Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
FriDec 12017Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
WedNov 212018Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
SunNov 102019Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 
ThuOct 292020Prophet's BirthdayMuslim 

Quick Facts

Eid Milad ul-Nabi marks the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad's birth.

Prophet's Birthday 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

Prophet's Birthday 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

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Prophet's Birthday
Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in December 2016 in United Kingdom

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