Mawlid 2018: Praise Songs from Around the World

Mawlid 2018: Praise Songs from Around the World November 19, 2018
Photo courtesy Sadaf Syed

“For he is a human being, but not like human beings, as a ruby is a stone, but not like other stones”*

To mark the occasion of the Mawlid, Muslims worldwide celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad, PBUH. People come together to not only sing his praises, but to know his character, learn from his wisdom, and pray for blessings upon him and his community.

As the last Messenger of God, he is a mercy to humanity. In this time of unease, uncertainty and oppression, studying the character of our Prophet – how he interacted with his loved ones, his students, his allies, and even his enemies – gives contemporary Muslims an ethical roadmap of how to uphold good and prevent evil.

So yes, we sing praise-songs, we share poetry, we attend Mawlid events – but we also acquaint ourselves with his characteristics, emulate his behavior, and respond to the same kinds of oppressions to which he, PBUH, responded and in the same manner. (Of course, there also are Muslims don’t believe in celebrating the Prophet Muhammad’s birth month. After all, we are not a monolithic community.)

Every year I share a curated list of poetry and praise-songs from around the world. If you want more, here are the links to my previous lists from 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013. So click through the pages, region by region and find your favorites as well as discovering some new ones. But before we start our world tour of praise-songs, let us first listen to the beautiful recitation from Surat al-Ahzab by Indonesian Qari Muzammil Hasballah:

*Lines of poetry about the Prophet PBUH of anonymous origin, sometimes ascribed to Mohammed al-Busairy (d. 1294) or Abu Mawahib al-Shadhili (d. 1477)

About Hind Makki
Hind Makki is a long-time Patheos Muslim blogger and an interfaith educator who holds a degree in International Relations from Brown University. She develops and delivers trainings on civic integration through interfaith action, anti-racism education and youth empowerment and is the creator of Side Entrance. You can read more about the author here.
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