Prophet Muhammad's birthday



Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is considered an important and auspicious day amongst Muslims. Muslims commemorate this day, which is also known as Maulidur Rasul or Maulud Nabi, by sending their blessings to Prophet Muhammad with recitations of praises and blessings (marhaban). Talks are held in mosques in conjunction with the occasion, and Muslim organisations commemorate the life history of the prophet’s exemplary good character.1

Background
In Islam, Prophet Muhammad was the last prophet and final messenger of God. He was born on 12 Rabiulawal (29 August 570 CE), the third month of the Muslim calendar. The prophet died on his 63rd birthday.2


Celebrations
The prophet’s birthday celebrations were first observed in the 12th century, often followed by a month of festivities.3 In Singapore, the celebrations used to involve large-scale parades.4 Today, it is more subdued, although march-pasts were still held as recently as 1993 and 1998.5

Scholarship
The Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday Memorial Scholarship Fund Board, also known as the Lembaga Biasiswa Kenangan Maulud, was set up in Singapore in 1965.The fund provides financial assistance to needy students to help them achieve academic excellence.7 This idea was proposed in 1963 by the late Syed Ali Redha Alsagoff, a well-known businessman.8 Many students have benefited from the assistance provided by LBKM.9



Authors

Suchitthra Vasu & Edian Azrah



References
1. Shaik Kadir. (1997, July 22). Quran readings, songs to mark Prophet birthdayThe Straits Times, p. 8. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.

2. Shaik Kadir. (1997, July 22). Quran readings, songs to mark Prophet birthdayThe Straits Times, p. 8. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
3. Kaaya, S. K. (2013, January 13). Muslims want Prophet Muhammad’s birthday declared public holiday. All Africa. Retrieved from Factiva via NLB’s eResources website: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/; Shaik Kadir. (1997, July 22). Quran readings, songs to mark Prophet birthdayThe Straits Times, p. 8. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
4. Yaakub Rashid. (1981, February 22). Mattar leads faithful in paradeNew Nation, p. 2. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
5. March past at Tampines Stadium. (1998, July 3). The Straits Times, p. 49. Retrieved from NewspaperSG.
6. Suhaimi Salleh. (n.d). Foreword. Retrieved 2016, October 3 from Lembaga Biasiswa Kenangan Maulud website: http://lbkm.org.sg/introduction/foreword/
7. Lembaga Biasiswa Kenangan Maulud. (n.d). About us. Retrieved 2016, October 3 from Lembaga Biasiswa Kenangan Maulud website: http://lbkm.org.sg/introduction/about-us/; Suhaimi Salleh. (n.d). Foreword. Retrieved 2016, October 3 from Lembaga Biasiswa Kenangan Maulud website: http://lbkm.org.sg/introduction/foreword/
8. Lembaga Biasiswa Kenangan Maulud. (n.d). History. Retrieved 2016, October 3 from Lembaga Biasiswa Kenangan Maulud website: http://lbkm.org.sg/introduction/history/
9. Suhaimi Salleh. (n.d). Foreword. Retrieved 2016, October 3 from Lembaga Biasiswa Kenangan Maulud website: http://lbkm.org.sg/introduction/foreword/



The information in this article is valid as at 18 January 2018 and correct as far as we are able to ascertain from our sources. It is not intended to be an exhaustive or complete history of the subject. Please contact the Library for further reading materials on the topic.

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