12 Rabi ul Awal: Date, Wishes, History and Authenticity

12 Rabi ul Awal

The month of Rabi ul Awwal is the 3rd month in the Hijri calendar after the months of Muharram and Safar. This month is a month that Muslims around the world glorify.

The month of Rabiul Awwal is unique as many important historical Islamic events occur in this month. One of them is the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWW), which happened on the 12th of Rabiul Awwal.

The following is a brief description of the 12th of Rabiul Awwal, known as the date of birth of the Prophet Muhammad.


Every 12 Rabiul Awwal, most Muslims worldwide will commemorate the birthday or Maulid of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Maulid itself comes from Arabic, Walada Yalidu Wiladan, which means birth. Prophet Muhammad is believed to have been born in Makkah on the 12th of Rabiul Awal in the year of the elephant from a father named Abdullah bin Abdul Mutalib and a mother named Aminah bint Wahb.

Some Muslims usually commemorate the Prophet’s Birthday by celebrating as an expression of joy and respect for our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in various ways, both through duas and salawat for Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.

Although the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday celebration was never carried out during the Prophet’s lifetime, the tradition of celebrating Eid Milad-un-Nabi has existed since ancient times.

There are many versions of history regarding the origin of the celebration of Mawlid Nabi. The first version explains that Sultan Al-Muzhaffar pioneered this celebration as a form of respect for the Prophet Muhammad.

According to Ibn Kathir, King Ibril (now Iraq) named Muzhaffaruddin Al-Kaukabri at the beginning of the 7th century, Hijriyah celebrated the Prophet’s Birthday on a large scale. Other scholars relate that Sultan Muzaffar spent more than 300,000 dinars giving alms on the anniversary of the Prophet’s Birthday and invited many people and scholars.

At that time, some scholars justified and approved of Sultan Al-Muzhaffar’s actions because they thought Mawlid Nabis was good to be commemorated using charity like that. Since the first celebration of Mawlid Nabi, a similar tradition has been carried out by some Muslims until now.

While the second version argues that Saladin al-Ayyubi in 1193 AD, was the first figure to pioneer Milad un-Nabi, other sources say that the celebration of the Prophet’s Birthday was first initiated by the Fatimid dynasty as stated by many historians.

In addition to being born in the month of Rabiul Awal, the Prophet Muhammad also died in the same month as his birth.

The Prophet SAW died on Monday 12 Rabiul Awal 11 H. The death of the Prophet SAW is a sign of the birth of the Islamic Khilafah state, Rasyidah. Because on the same day, even before the Prophet’s body was buried, Muslims had pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr Siddiq as caliph.


There are several differences among scholars regarding the accuracy of the 12th of Rabiul Awwal as the date of birth of the Prophet Muhammad. Sunni scholars argue that the 9th or 12th of Rabiul Awal is the date of birth of our beloved Prophet.

At the same time, Shia scholars say that the Prophet Muhammad was born on the 17th of Rabiul Awal. However, the most famous among scholars is that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born on the 12th of Rabiul Awal in the year of the elephant in Makkah.

Ibn Qayyim in Zaadul Ma’ad said that there is no mistake among the scholars that the Prophet Muhammad was born in the city of Makkah, and his birth was in the year of the elephant.

Date of 12th Rabi Ul Awwal

This year, the 12th of Rabiul Awal is obedient to Saturday, October 8, 2022.

12 Rabi ul Awal Wishes

  • Eid Milad Un Nabi 1444 H! May we all always be able to imitate his noble character and behavior.
  • Eid Milad-Un-Nabi Mubarak. May you and your loved ones always be blessed and be under the protection of Allah the Almighty.
  • There is no better day than the day of the birth of Prophet Muhammad PBUH. Have a blessed Eid Ul Milad Un Nabi!
  • Happy Eid-Ul-Milad to all Muslims around the world. Let’s increase our love for the Prophet Muhammad SAW on this special day.
  • Let’s multiply shalawat for our beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW; hopefully, someday, we will be the recipients of his shafaa’ah (intercession). Eid Milad-Un-Nabi Mubarak to you and your family.
  • Eid Milad Un Nabi Mubarak 2022! May our morals and behavior reflect the guidance that Prophet Muhammad has given us.
  • May today be a blessed day for all of us— Happy Eid Milad-Un Nabi Mubarak to you and your loved ones.
  • On this auspicious day, I hope Allah Almighty fulfills all your wishes. Eid Milad-Un-Nabi Mubarak!

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