Dates and Origins of Mawlid

Book of Prayers of Prophet Muhammad
Book of Prayers of Prophet Muhammad (rstml / CC-by-sa)

Mawlid Dates in 2018, 2019 and 2020

Mawlid is celebrated at the following dates:

  • Wednesday, November 21st 2018
  • Sunday, November 10th 2019
  • Tuesday, September 29th 2020

Mawlid is an annual Muslim holiday on the twelfth day of Rabi' al-Awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar1. It is a celebration of the Prophet Muhammed's birthday1.


Muhammed was born to the Quraysh tribe in Mecca in the year of 570 AD2. At the time, newborns of wealthy families were typically entrusted to country women2. These women were regarded as being the purest and having the highest standard of Arabic2. Therefore, Muhammed was given to a country woman named Halima Sa'dia upon birth2. She, along with several others throughout his lifetime, raised the young Prophet2.


Mawlid was first celebrated in 11th century Egypt and has since spread throughout the entire world3. Although Muhammed's birthday is not actually debated, the legitimacy of the holiday itself has always been hotly contested3. Shi'ite Muslims believe that Islam was a perfect religion upon conception and any innovation or change to it directly contradicts the Quran4.

Many others believe that it is not permissible to celebrate the day because Muhammed did not direct his followers to do so5. Those who are against the holiday may even believe that those who do celebrate it are condemning themselves to hell5. For many Sunni Muslims, this special day consists of extra prayers, food, and merriment6. Depending on the community, there are large parades and many decorations for homes and mosques7. Children will also read poems and stories about the Prophet out loud to their parents7. Mawlid is a public holiday in most Islamic nations8.

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