The name Rabī‘ al-awwal means the first [month] or beginning of Spring, referring to its position in the pre-Islamic Arabian calendar. Hence this is considered to be a very blessed month.
Rabīʿ al-ʾawwal is the third month in the Islamic calendar. During this month, many Muslims around the world celebrate Mawlid – the birthday of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad ( PBUH). Although the exact date is unknown, Sunni Muslims believe the date of the birth of Muhammad (PBUH) was on the twelfth of this month, whereas Shi’a Muslims believe him to have been born on the dawn of the seventeenth day.
The Prophet (PBUH) himself never celebrated the mawlid, instead encouraged Muslims to fast Monday’s of every week due to his birthday being “on a Monday”.
PBUH – Peace be upon him
MAWLID – Birthday
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