Rabiul Awwal is the third month of the Islamic calendar, which is also known as the lunar calendar. The Islamic calendar, like the solar or Gregorian calendar, consists of 12 months, out of which Rabiul Awwal is the third. The fact that Rabiul Awwal is one of the 12 Islamic months is enough reason why the month is extremely important to Muslims. However, there are a number of other reasons why Muslims hold the month of Rabiul Awwal extremely dear.
Rabiul Awwal is a month which brings to the table a number of celebrations which Muslims around the world practice. Rabiul Awwal is considered to be a month filled with Allah’s blessings. The name “Rabiul Awwal” literally means “the first month” or “the beginning of spring”, referring to the month’s position in the pre-Islamic Arabian calendar.
Muslims around the world celebrate the Mawlid (the event of the Holy Prophet (PBUH)’s birth) in many different ways and for different periods of time. In some countries, Muslims celebrate the Mawlid for the first 12 days of the month of Rabiul Awwal whereas in other countries, Muslims celebrate the Mawlid for the entire month of Rabiul Awwal.