Some Houston-area mosques and Islamic schools are set to celebrate `Eid Mawlid with lectures, guest speakers and even a parade.
The events aim to celebrate the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) on the anniversary of his birth on the 12th day of Rabi al-Awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar.
Sheik Mansoor Ali Rizvi, a graduate of the Imam Ali Howza Seminary in Los Angeles, will speak Sunday, Oct. 24 from 5 p.m. until Maghrib prayer at Masjid Al-Rasul in Houston’s Fifth Ward, located at 3204 Jensen Dr.
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He said he would focus his talk on teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him). There will also be a children’s event from 5 – 5:45 p.m. Masks are required.
Rizvi said the mosque, which has just recently reopened following a year of COVID restrictions, is slowly getting back into the swing of offering programs and events for its congregants.
Other Houston-area Islamic institutions are finding ways to recognize the Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) birthday, as well.
On Oct. 22, Masjid Al-Sabireen hosted a lecture entitled “Knowing and Loving Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him),” featuring Imams Qasim Khan and Tauqeer Shah.
Islamic school Dawat-e-Islami in Sugar Land is hosting a Mawlid parade on Oct. 24 beginning at 2 p.m. following Dhuhr prayer for students and their families.
Finally, the Ibrahim Center will stage an event called “Celebrating the Beloved” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 in honor of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) mawlid.
The event will feature several presenters including Imam Khalis Rashaad, the spiritual director and community guide of the Ibrahim Center. Others include Sister Bibi Watts, nasheed artist Uthman Ames and percussionist Marlon Altan among others.
Registration is required to attend. For more information about how to sign up for this event, visit www.ibrahimcenter.org.
In addition to official programs at mosques or Islamic schools, some Muslims choose to celebrate `Mawlid privately at home, often with friends and family members. However, other Muslims consider the celebrations outside of the fold of Islam and do not celebrate or recognize the date.