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Marking the Birth of The Prophet Muhammed (PBUH)

The Holy Qu'ran Photo: (c) iStockPhoto/adventtr

The Holy Qu’ran Photo: (c) iStockPhoto/adventtr

Today, many Muslims all over the world observe Eid Milad ul-Nabi, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH), the founder of Islam. The 12th day of Rabi-al-Awwal marks this date in the Islamic calendar. Sunni Muslims observe this date while Shi’a Muslims mark it on the 17th day. Muhammed was born in Mecca, in what is now Saudi Arabia, and this year marks the 1,441th anniversary of his birth.

Muslims in Canada and worldwide may mark this important date with special prayers. Communities may organize parades, meals, lectures, readings and other opportunities to learn and re-discover the life and work of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). In many Islamic countries, Milad or Mawlid is a public holiday. However, there is a difference of opinion within the Muslim community as to whether this day should be celebrated at all. Some believe that commemorating the birth date is a bad innovation or bid’ah and others believe that celebratory practices on this day are an expression of love of the Prophet (PBUH).

This year, in Grozny, Chechnya, a collection of Islamic relics, reportedly including a piece of the Prophet Muhammad’s shirt and a lock of his hair, has been put on exhibit at the city’s central mosque to coincide with the observance of his birthday. Social media also provided the opportunity for many to mark the date with large numbers of tweets from Turkish Muslims under the hashtag #hayirli kandiller (holy night).

VisionTV is marking the Prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) birthday with the broadcast of two powerful and enlightening documentary films. Rumi: Turning Ecstatic (Thursday, Jan. 24 at 9pm ET/6pm PT) tells the story of one Canadian filmmaker’s quest to explore and illuminate the writings of 13th century poet and theologian, Rumi. The Qu’ran (Thursday, Jan. 24 at Midnight ET/9pm PT) is a sweeping and ambitious two-hour documentary that delves into the messages and teachings of what is arguably the most ideologically influential text in the world to convey the Muslim experience both personal and historical.

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