From Reveler Elisabeth Myers:
“Today we are celebrating Mawlid an Nabawi — the birth of the Prophet Mohammed PBUH [peace be upon him]. Mawlid an Nabawi is observed on the twelfth day of the third month of the Muslim year. There are more than 1.8 billion Muslims in the world, representing almost one quarter of the entire population, and Eid al Mawlid is one of their most important religious and national holidays, celebrated by almost all Muslim countries.
On this holiday, families gather to feast, recite poems, and sing songs about the life of the prophet PBUH. They decorate their homes and mosques and give out charity and food to the poor. In some cities, large street processions are held, like the 400-year-old tradition of the procession of candles in Salé in the north of Morocco. Special celebrations focus on particular events that happened during the prophet’s life as told in the Qur’an and Hadiths.
We will sing for you a traditional song that almost everyone across the Muslim world knows. It expresses the people’s joy at the goodness, reason, and blessings the prophet PBUH brings.”