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Prophet Muhammad's Birthday
Mauritania

Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday 2020 and 2021 in Mauritania

Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is commemorated in Mauritania on 12 Rabi’ al-awwal of the Islamic calendar. Mauritania is as Islamic a nation as exists on the face of the earth, being 99.9 percent Muslim. For the most part, the people are Sunnis and celebrate Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday every year with great fanfare. Two influential Sufi sects in Mauritania, the Tijaniyah and Qadiriyyah, are especially well known for colourful and hearty celebration of this holiday.

YearDateDayHoliday
202029 OctThuProphet Muhammad's Birthday
202119 OctTueProphet Muhammad's Birthday

“Milad” is a time to rehearse the Koran and the hadiths where they speak of the life of Muhammad and to contemplate how one might better emulate the example of right conduct that he left behind. But it is also a time to just relax, party, indulge in your favourite foods, and shout out “Happy Milad!” to everyone you meet.

Observing Eid Milad un-Nabi, meaning “festival of the birth of the prophet“, has been a bone of contention among some Muslims for centuries. Those who reject it as an unacceptable “innovation” often deride it with the label “The Muslim Christmas”. But the bulk of the population of Mauritania see it as a legitimate way to honour the Prophet Muhammad and all he taught.