Posted on 06/02/2012 by __socrates

The birthday, especially of a prophet or saint. The birthday of Muhammad, which is known as Maulidu ‘n-Nabi, is celebrated on the 12th of Rabi’u ‘l-Awwal. It is a day observed in Turkey and Egypt and in some parts of Hindustan, but not in Central Asia, by the recital of numerous zikrs, and by distribution Mr. Lane, in his Modern Egyptians, vol. li. p. 171, gives the following specimen of a zikr recited in the Maulidu ‘n-Nabi: “O God bless our lord Muhammad among the latter generations; and bless our lord Muhammad in every time and period, and bless our lord Muhammad among the most exalted princes, unto the Day of Judgment; and bless all the prophets and apostles among the inhabitants of the heavens, and of the earth, and may God (whose name be blessed and exalted) be well pleased with our lord” and our masters, those persons of illustrious estimation, Abu Bakr, and ‘Umar, and ‘Usman, and ‘Ali, and with all the other favouriyes of God. God is our sufficiency, excellent is the Guardian. And there is no strength nor power but in God, the Highb, the Great. O God, O our Lord, O Thou liberal of pardon, O Thou most bountiful of the most bountiful, O God. Amin.”

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam