Ethiopian Muslims Observe Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday
Awramba Times (Addis Ababa) – Millions of Ethiopian Muslims are celebrating the birth of their prophet, Muhammad, with a mass gathering prayer ceremonies and spiritual songs honoring the Prophet in various parts of Ethiopia.
Mawlid, a day of observance which occurs on the 12th day of Rabi’ al-awwal, the third month in Islamic calendar, falls between the evenings of 13 and 14 January.
Prophet Muhammad was born in AD 570 and is thought by Muslims to be a messenger and prophet sent by God. His birthday is observed by prayers at mosque and charity for the poor.
Muhammad’s birthday is marked in different ways in different Muslim nations. Sufi Muslims in some countries such as Libya take out processions to mark the day. People wear traditional dresses to take part in these processions that often include singing and chanting of hymns and beating drums.
Pakistan marks the day with a public holiday, gun salute and by hoisting national flag on all public buildings.
In Ethiopia, Muslims celebrate the holiday, in the morning at mosques with prayers and spiritual songs. Afternoons are dedicated to family gatherings and visits to family members or relatives.