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It was in the city of Makkah that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is believed to have been born on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar. The exact date and month of the Prophet’s birthday in the Gregorian calendar is not immediately clear other than the year 570 AD.   

According to the Islamic faith, the Prophet Muhammad is the descendant of the Prophet Ibrahim by way of Ismael, one of the patriarch’s two sons. The Prophet was orphaned by the time he reached his sixth birthday and was raised by both his uncle and grandfather.

Before his prophethood, Muhammad was a successful merchant renowned for his honesty and kindness throughout much of the Arabian peninsula, and it wasn’t until his 40th birthday that the archangel Jibril descended upon him and proclaimed him as Allah’s final messenger. Over the course of the following 20 years, Prophet Muhammad strived to deliver the Message as had been ordained by the Almighty for the good of all mankind.

Today, there are over 1.8 billion people worldwide faithfully adhering to the Prophet’s teachings.

Eid Milad un Nabi 2024 dates

This year, the Prophet’s Birthday, also known as Milad un Nabi or Eid Milad, will commence on Sun, Sep 15, 2024 – Mon, Sep 16, 2024. The Prophet’s Birthday is an official holiday observed in the UAE.

Eid Milad un Nabi 2024 public holiday in the UAE

The Milad un Nabi is an important public holiday in UAE. Last year, private and public sector employees got a holiday on Friday, 29th of September, 2023. Thus, this auspicious occasion will grant most employees a well-deserved long weekend. 

Eid Milad un Nabi celebration in the UAE

Despite being an official public holiday, the Prophet’s Birthday is considered to be less of a celebration and more of an observance. It is customary for Muslims to offer prayers and gratitude to Allah by way of fasting and reciting the Qur’an. 


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