The Dawoodi Bohra community members from all over the world celebrated Eid-e Milad al-Nabi on Friday 7th October with joy and enthusiasm. One of the most significant days in the Muslim calendar is the Prophet Mohammed’s birth anniversary, commonly referred to as Eid-e Milad al-Nabi. The 12th of Rabi al-Awwal, i.e. the third month of the Islamic year, is the day on which Muslims celebrate this auspicious birthday.
Glimpses from the procession held at Mumbai
In Mumbai, members of the community walked in a celebratory procession (Mawkib) on the eve of Milad al-Nabi. Men dressed in white and kids in colourful attire participated in the Milad procession, interspersed with themed floats and community bands. The procession commenced from Saify High School at Pydhonie road and terminated at Raudat Tahera Mausoleum in Bhendi Bazaar.
A spokesperson of the Dawoodi Bohra community said, “On the eve of Milad al-Nabi, excerpts from recordings of sermons delivered by the 51st and the 52nd leaders of the Dawoodi Bohra community were broadcast to members across different community centres. The sermons covered the life, legacy and teachings of Prophet Mohammed for leading a life of fulfilment.”
After prayers, there was a community feast in a traditional thaal or a particularly large metal plate. A meal consisting especially of the traditional kalamro is eaten first. The sweet dish made of rice and curd, garnished with dry fruits, rose petals and pomegranate, is especially made to commemorate this day in Dawoodi Bohra households across the world and precedes any other meal on this day. “We have a custom of beginning our meal with a sweet dish. So on this day we first have kalamro and then move on to our meal,” said Hatim Dahodwala, a member of the community and resident of Mazgaon in South Mumbai.
For the past two years community members celebrated this occasion at home due to Covid-19 restrictions. However this year community members joined for prayers at their Masjids and community centres as per local protocols.