Muslims have many religious festivals to celebrate throughout the year and every festival has its own importance. The three great festivals of Muslims are Eid ul Fitar, Eid ul Adha and Eid Milad un Nabi. All of the three have great significance in any Muslim’s life and that it why these three days are celebrated with great zeal. Eid ul Fitar is celebrated after the holy month of Ramadan and considered as a gift by Allah to all those Muslims who do fast in the month of Ramadan. Eid ul Adha is celebrated to recall the memory of the sacrifice of Hazrat Ismail (A.S) by his father Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S) for the sake of God’s will. Like wise Eid Milad un Nabi i.e 12th Rabi ul Awal is considered very much important for all the Muslim world.
Religious Festival: Eid Milad un Nabi is the name of the festival which is being celebrated on 12th Rabi ul Awal of every year. It was the day when the king of this universe i.e. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was born to eradicate the darkness from the world and to make this world a peaceful place. He is the last prophet of Allah who has been sent to this world to serve humanity and to eliminate brutality. Before his birth, this world was just a woeful place and there was nothing that could make it a perfect place to live inn. His shed light on each and every aspect of life and told the Muslims the actual meaning of their lives. He was the one who eliminate the discrimination of cast, creed and color and called Muslims as bothers. He spent all his life by preaching Allah’s message and he is the one who bring the last holy book i.e “Quran Majeed”. This is how 12th Rabi ul Awal is one of the great religious festivals for the Muslim world.
The third month of Islamic Lunar calendar is also considered as an important month for Muslims because the last Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) built the first mosque of Islam i.e Masjid-e-Quba in Rabi ul Awal. Moreover, the first Jumma prayer was also offered in the month of Rabi ul Awal.
Celebrations: Muslims throughout the world celebrates this religious festival with great enthusiasm and zeal. The markets and roof tops are illuminated with lights and decorated with buntings as well. Young generation is also very much active in this regard and decorates their streets with colorful lights to show their happiness for the particular day. Muslim women cook sweet dishes and distribute them among neighbors to express their love for their Prophet (S.A.W). The main celebration of Rabi ul Awal is the arrangement of Mahafil-e-Naat throughout the country. The huge arrangements are made in different cities to show devotion for Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). Muslims wear new clothes on 12th Rabi ul Awal as this day is also known as the “Third Eid” of Muslims. The celebrations of this day are the same as for Eid ul fitar and Eid ul Adha. They all gain equal importance in the hearts of the Muslims.
The celebration and merry making all apart, but the true way of celebrating 12th Rabi ul Awal is to follow the foot steps of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). The purpose for which Allah sent him to this world was to guide humanity and to lead it to right path but it seems that there is nothing like equality and justice these days. Almost everyone is spending his life the way he like, no one has enough time to sit and think about the actual purpose of sending him to this world. To become a true Muslim, it is imperative to learn and follow Allah message which can guide us to the right path. We must follow the foot steps of Prophet (S.A.W) to get awarded in this world and here after.