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Monday, November 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) held yesterday Khatm ul Quran to mark Milad al Nabi.
At the recitation ceremony of the Holy Quran, participants prayed for lasting peace in the country,. Unity and solidarity among the people of Afghanistan.
At the ceremony, acting minister of information and culture Hasina Safi said that based on the instruction of the country’s President, the Milad al-Nabi Week should be marked in government institutions.
Acting minister of information and culture added that all media institutions within the ministry of information and culture have been instructed to widely cover such ceremonies and publish articles written on the occasion of Milad al-Nabi.
The ceremony was attended by leading body and employees of the ministry.

Sunday, November 10, 2019
Kabul (BNA)  Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Hasina Safi, has greeted the Muslims around the globe, in particular the Mulsim nation of Afghanistan, on the advent of Milad al-Nabi or birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), a statement from the ministry said yesterday.
Milad al-Nabi has been considered as one of the most blessed days in history of Islam, as the holy religion’s beloved messenger.
Muhammad ((PBUH) came to this world to save the humanity from aberration the minister added as quoted in the statement.
“I ask from the court of the Almighty Allah to consider our actions in line with Islamic principles and teaching of the holy prophet of Islam.
I do also hope that our country be save from all the calamities and pests with the blessing of Milad al-Nabi and everyone could help guide the country towards peace and prosperity” Minister Safi said.

Saturday November 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) One of the important Islamic festivals celebrated all over the world is Milad-Ul-nabi or Maulid. This day commemorates the day of birth of the prophet Muhammad. It is also the day of his death. The day is remembered through songs, stories and preaching where the prophet’s life and his teaching are discussed. It is a day of happiness and festivities.
The legend behind Milad-Ul-Nabi
Prophet Muhammad is the founder of Islam. Milad-Ul-Nabi is the day commemorating his birthday. The festival was begun by the descendants of the prophet through his daughter, Fatima’s house. In 8th century, the house where the prophet was born was transformed into a place of worship by the mother of Harun –Al –Rashid – the most famous Caliph of Baghdad. The festival gained popularity since the 12th century and today, it is celebrated throughout the Muslim world and also in India.
When is Milad-Ul-Nabi celebrated?
Milad –Ul-Nabi is celebrated on the twelfth day of Rabi-ul-Awwal, which is the third month of the Islamic calendar. This was the day on which the prophet was born. However, the Shia community celebrates the festival on the 17th day. This day is both the day of birth and death of the prophet. It is also the day on which the spiritual reins of the Islamic world was handed over to Hazrat Ali.
Milad-ul-Nabi is known by a number of other names. The most popular one of them is Mawlid meaning the birth of the prophet. It is also known as Eid-e-milad.
How is Milad-ul-Nabi celebrated?
Milad-ul-Nabi is the time for celebration. It marks the joyous occasion of the birth of the prophet. Though the prophet passed away on the same day, it is not a time for mourning because Muslims believe mourning beyond three days after death is not good for the soul.
Rituals of Milad-Ul-Nabi
The various rituals associated with this festival are as follows:
People dress in new clothes and gather together to remember and discuss the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.
Special prayers are offered to Allah for his graciousness in sending Prophet Muhammad to show the path of salvation. Night long prayer meetings are also held.
Lectures and recitations are held on the life of the prophet and people attend to them throughout the day.
Often, poetry is recited after the prayers.
People visit friends and relatives in social gatherings.
Alms are given to the poor.
Festive banners are hung.
Processions are taken out in many areas.
At the Hazratbal shrine in Kashmir, Milad-ul-Nabi is of huge importance. A hair from Prophet Muhammad is preserved here. Thousands of Muslims gather here to pray and the holy relict is put on display after the morning prayers.
One of the common rituals associated with milad-ul-nabi is Urs. This is a holy procession where symbolic footprint of the prophet engraved on stone is put in a decorated glass casket and anointed with sandal paste as it is taken on a parade.

Saturday November 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Muhammad   was born in Makkah in the year 570.  Since his father died before his birth and his mother died shortly thereafter, he was raised by his uncle who was from the respected tribe of Quraysh.  He was raised illiterate, unable to read or write, and remained so till his death.  His people, before his mission as a prophet, were ignorant of science and most of them were illiterate.  As he grew up, he became known to be truthful, honest, trustworthy, generous, and sincere.  He was so trustworthy that they called him the Trustworthy.1  Muhammad   was very religious, and he had long detested the decadence and idolatry of his society. At the age of forty, Muhammad   received his first revelation from God through the Angel Gabriel.  The revelations continued for twenty-three years, and they are collectively known as the Quran.
As soon as he began to recite the Quran and to preach the truth which God had revealed to him, he and his small group of followers suffered persecution from unbelievers.  The persecution grew so fierce that in the year 622 God gave them the command to emigrate.  This emigration from Makkah to the city of Madinah, some 260 miles to the north, marks the beginning of the Muslim calendar.
After several years, Muhammad   and his followers were able to return to Makkah, where they forgave their enemies.  Before Muhammad   died, at the age of sixty-three, the greater part of the Arabian Peninsula had become Muslim, and within a century of his death, Islam had spread to Spain in the West and as far East as China.  Among the reasons for the rapid and peaceful spread of Islam was the truth and clarity of its doctrine.  Islam calls for faith in only one God, Who is the only one worthy of worship.
The Prophet Muhammad   was a perfect example of an honest, just, merciful, compassionate, truthful, and brave human being.  Though he was a man, he was far removed from all evil characteristics and strove solely for the sake of God and His reward in the Hereafter.  Moreover, in all his actions and dealings, he was ever mindful and fearful of God.

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