Embrace the joyful side of our faith by celebrating Milad-un-Nabi, marking the birth of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, with heartwarming family activities.
7 Fun Ideas for Celebrating Milad-un-Nabi as a Family
We’ve moved from the profound period of reflecting upon and commemorating the immense sacrifice of Imam Hussain, a time that deeply reminds us of our faith’s depth. Now, as the radiant month of Rabi’ al-Awwal dawns upon us, Milad-un-Nabi — the birth of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ — brings a different, yet equally essential facet of our devotion into focus: joy, love, and celebration.
For many Muslim families, Milad-un-Nabi offers a unique opportunity to engage in acts of festivity, reinforcing the teachings of our beloved Prophet ﷺ. It provides a time to create joyful memories, bringing families closer together, fostering a deep sense of community spirit, and nurturing the love for the Prophet ﷺ in the hearts of the young ones.
1. Visit Milad events at various mosques
One enriching way to connect with the broader Muslim community is to spend the weekend hopping between various mosque events dedicated to Milad-un-Nabi. Every mosque has its distinct way of celebrating, from spiritual gatherings to vibrant community fairs. For families, especially children, exploring these diverse festivities can be a delightful and educational experience.
2. Listen to nasheeds about Prophet Muhammad ﷺ
Melodies of Love: Nasheeds, or Islamic hymns, dedicated to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ resonate with deep reverence, devotion, and love. Playing these spiritual tunes at home, during drives, or even as lullabies can create a serene and uplifting ambiance, deepening our connection with the Prophet ﷺ.
3. Read bedtime stories about the Prophet’s ﷺ life
Nothing beats the warmth of bedtime tales, especially when they revolve around the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Sharing stories from his life during bedtime can serve dual purposes: offering valuable life teachings while instilling love and reverence for the Prophet ﷺ in the hearts of the listeners.
4. Decorate your home in honour of the Prophet ﷺ
Milad-un-Nabi celebrations, symbolised by vibrant hues of green and gold, can be brought into our homes through decoration. This not only sets a festive mood but also serves as a visual reminder of the special occasion, especially for children.
5. Baking cupcakes and treats to share
What’s a celebration without some sweetness? Baking cupcakes adorned with green and gold frosting can add flavour to the festivities. More so, sharing these treats with neighbours and friends can be a way of spreading love, fostering communal harmony, and introducing Milad-un-Nabi to those unfamiliar with the tradition.
6. Host a Milad gathering at your home
For those who enjoy hosting, organising a Milad party can be heartwarming. A special dinner, combined with short, inspiring talks or narrations about Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ life, can turn the evening into both a celebration and a learning experience.
7. Arrange a family movie night
In the digital age, visual learning through films can be both entertaining and informative. Movies about Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ life, teachings, and the challenges he faced can offer insights while making for a perfect family gathering activity.
In embracing these celebratory activities, the key is balance. While we immerse ourselves in the joy of Milad-un-Nabi, let’s also ensure our children understand its significance, embedding in them a love for the Prophet ﷺ that lasts a lifetime.