Prophet's Birthday in the 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.
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:
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.
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 countriesRead more about Prophet's Birthday.
Prophet's Birthday ObservancesNote: 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.
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Fri||Feb 26||2010||Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Wed||Feb 16||2011||Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Sun||Feb 5||2012||Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Thu||Jan 24||2013||Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Tue||Jan 14||2014||Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Sat||Jan 3||2015||Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Thu||Dec 24||2015||Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Mon||Dec 12||2016||Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Fri||Dec 1||2017||Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Wed||Nov 21||2018||Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Sun||Nov 10||2019||Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
|Thu||Oct 29||2020||Prophet's Birthday||Muslim|
Quick FactsEid Milad ul-Nabi marks the anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad's birth.
Prophet's Birthday 2017Friday, December 1, 2017
Prophet's Birthday 2018Wednesday, November 21, 2018
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.
Other holidays in December 2017 in the United Kingdom
- First Sunday of Advent – Sunday, December 3, 2017
- Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Friday, December 8, 2017
- First Day of Hanukkah – Wednesday, December 13, 2017
- Last day of Hanukkah – Wednesday, December 20, 2017
- Christmas Eve – Sunday, December 24, 2017
- Christmas Day – Monday, December 25, 2017
- Boxing Day – Tuesday, December 26, 2017
- New Year's Eve – Sunday, December 31, 2017