SHI’A DATE: Saturday, 18 January 2014
Mawlid is the birthday of Islamic Prophet Muhammad and the date differs for Sunni and Shi’a Muslims. Charity and food is distributed, children recite poetry and stories of Muhammad’s life are told during this carnival-style celebration.
Muhammad, the central human figure in the Islamic faith, is considered the last and greatest in a series of Prophets. He was born in 570CE in Mecca, orphaned at a young age and raised by his uncle. He married at 26 and, at age 40, received his first revelation of God.