STORY: Thousands of Indian Muslims all over the country, on Wednesday (November 21) reveled in festive spirits, observing Mawlid or Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad.
Wearing traditional dresses, Muslims gathered at the Hazrat Bal shrine in northern Srinagar city and offered special prayers. Devotees in northern Lucknow, eastern Guwahati and western Pune cities also took part in religious processions to mark the occasion.
The birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad occurs on the 12th day of Rabi’- al-Awwal, the third month in Islamic calendar. The day of observance is called Mawlid. Prophet Muhammad was born in Mecca, Hijaz, now Saudi Arabia in AD 570, a messenger and prophet sent by God to preach the message of peace.
His birthday is observed by prayers at mosque and charity for the poor. Prophet Muhammad passed away on the same day in 632 AD.