Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is commemorated by Muslims in The Gambia on 12 Rabi’ al-awwal of the Islamic calendar. The Gambia, along with many other African nations, marks Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday on its calendar as a publicly declared holiday. The date is based on the Islamic Calendar and changes year by year on the Western Calendar.
|2020||29 Oct||Thu||Prophet Muhammad's Birthday|
|2021||18 Oct||Mon||Prophet Muhammad's Birthday|
|2022||8 Oct||Sat||Prophet Muhammad's Birthday|
|2023||27 Sep||Wed||Prophet Muhammad's Birthday|
|2024||15 Sep||Sun||Prophet Muhammad's Birthday|
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Muhammad was born around A.D. 570 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Most believe he was born on the twelfth of the month Rabi Ul-Awwal, but Shiites observe the seventeenth of Rabi Ul-Awwal instead as the prophet’s birthday.
The earliest followers of Islam may not have celebrated this holiday, but it became popular during Medieval Times and has remained a tradition ever since.
Many in Gambia will take the day off work, attend mosque, and recite verses from the Koran all day. Some mosque services and other religious gatherings in Gambia go on all night and into the early hours of the following morning for Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday.
|2019||9 Nov||Sat||Prophet Muhammad's Birthday|
|2018||20 Nov||Tue||Prophet Muhammad's Birthday|
|2017||30 Nov||Thu||Prophet Muhammad's Birthday|