I think it is 8th of Rabbi ul Awwal tonight, tomorrow being the 9th.
While it is popular that the Prophet was born on the morning of the 12th, this does not have to be the date to celebrate the greatest mercy bestowed upon us. The date isnt important and Mawlid celebrations can and do take place all year around.
For those that do not take part in formal celebrations and even those that do, the link to the time of the year can be used as a reminder and a chance to learn more about Islam, the life and ways of the Prophet and use this as an excuse to try and improve our connection with God, the Prophet and Islam.
With Mawlid un nabi, I know that some people are not sure on its validity. But something strange happens at this time of the year every year:
Some people celebrate mawlid and get on with it.
Then there are some people who dont celebrate it who get on with it.
Both of these groups are trying to act on Islam on the way they consider the the best way to follow the Qur'an and sunnah with sincerity. Both can be deeply admired as long as you are willing to understand the reasons for their views and actions.
But then there is a third way, that I dont get - those that get a pain in their stomach when mawlid is celebrated (with the performing of ibadat, lets not pretend that its because someone might do something that is considered unislamic behaviour).
By Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
Since the month eof Rabbi ul Awwal has started we will see many Mawlid gatherings across the country.
Now do you take part in Milaad/Mawlid gatherings?
Do you attend em at the masjids or have your own gatherings at home?
Or do you agree with milaad but dont really take part in any mawlid gatherings?
Or do you simply think its all wrong and stay away from them!
Note: Keep this topic sectarian free, no accusations pls. Lets see if we can discuss this without abuse an dfallouts!
Say: Because of the Blessings (fadl) of Allah and His Mercy (rahma) you should celebrate (with happiness and pleasure). That is better than what (wealth) they amass. (Surah Yunus)
The scholars say that Allah (swt) is referring to the Prophet Muhammad in this verse, Rahma and Fadl is a direct reference to the Prophet Muhammad (saw).
Do you celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (saw)?
Do you rejoice his birth or acknowledge it?
If not, why not?
Do you celebrate it all year round or just in the month of Rabbi ul-Awwal?