Omid Safi: “Welcome O Darling of the Lord”: Celebrating Prophet Muhammad’s birthday (Mawlid) through his mother’s eyes

Omid Safi: “Welcome O Darling of the Lord”: Celebrating Prophet Muhammad’s birthday (Mawlid) through his mother’s eyesToday, as Muslims worldwide celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, it is good to reflect on the ways in which various memories of Muhammad have continued to reverberate through Islamic society.

Omid Safi: “Welcome O Darling of the Lord”: Celebrating Prophet Muhammad’s birthday (Mawlid) through his mother’s eyesIn many parts of the world, Muslims have recalled and celebrated the Mawlid (birthday) of the Prophet Muhammad. These celebrations have often had a local flavor, even as they tap into universal (“umma-tic”) themes. One of the loveliest has been through a distinctly Turkish tradition called Mevlud (The Turkish pronunciation of Mawlid, also spelled as Mevlut). These poems, exceedingly popular historically, are of special interest today as they tell the story of the Prophet’s birth through female eyes, namely the eyes of his mother.

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