RU  UK  EN
Articles  >  Know  >  One of the main Muslim holidays Mawlid was solemnly celebrated in Kyiv

One of the main Muslim holidays Mawlid was solemnly celebrated in Kyiv

Author: 01.12.2017 | diplomacy
On November 30, in Kyiv, was held a solemn event dedicated to one of the main Muslim holidays - Mawlid (the birth of the Prophet Muhammad). The Religious Administration of Muslims of Ukraine (RAMU "UMMAH") organized a number of official events to a significant date.

All visitors were greeted by the Mufti of Ukraine Sheikh Ahmed Tamim. The Mufti thanked all the guests who joined the event on this important day for all Muslims.

The ceremony began with the bringing of relics by Sheikh Ahmed Tamim - the Hair of the Prophet Muhammad. Greeting speeches from state authorities were delivered by Andrey Yurash, Director of the Department of Religious and Ethnic Affairs of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, Igor Podolyanets, Head of the Department of Culture, Nationalities and Religion of the Kyiv Oblast State Administration. The head of Kyiv City State Administration Culture Department Diana Popova sent a greeting letter which was read at the event.

The guests of the evening watched documentary film Revival. In the film, Muslims from different parts of the country tell about the difficulties that arose on their way to observance of religious duties. The theme of Islamic education in modern Ukraine is disclosed, and the role of Muslims of Ukraine at the international level. The film "Revival" is an opportunity to learn about the lives of Muslims who reside in the territory of the whole Ukraine, as well as about what unites Muslims around the world.

In addition to the Muslim community of the capital, guests included representatives of the diplomatic corps, state and municipal authorities, public organizations, as well as cultural and scientific figures. The Ambassadors of Algeria, Egypt, Syria, Cuba, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, Palestine, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Macedonia, as well as diplomats from other countries expressed their respect to the RAMU "UMMAH".

Especially for the celebration of Mawlid in Kyiv came Sheikh Jamil Ali - a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad.

In the program of the solemn event included religious chants of the verses of the Qur'an, songs about the life of the Prophet Muhammad, performances of on-stage groups, a unique exhibition of Muslim relics, art objects, national dresses of countries where they profess Islam.

The word "Mawlid" means "birth." In Shari'ah this word means the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, as well as the tradition to celebrate this event (the Mawlid al-nabi).

Muslims celebrate Mawlid the Prophet throughout the month of Rabi'ul-au'ual, and also some peoples traditionally hold Mawlid at religious meetings at any time of the year, in Turkey - Mawlid is held every April.

In the time of the Prophet Muhammad, Muslims did not celebrate Mawlid, and the tradition to celebrate this event everywhere appeared later. First Mawlid was widely celebrated at the beginning of the 7th century The Hijra on the initiative of the ruler of Erbil, Muzaffar Abu Sa’eed Al-Kawkaboori At-Turkmanii. He was a famous scientist of that time.

Since then, the tradition of celebrating the birth of the Prophet Muhammad has spread throughout the world. In many countries, in different languages, Muslim scholars composed texts praising the Messenger of Allah in poetic form. These verses Muslims read to this day. One of the most famous texts of Mawlid is Qasīdat al-Burda. It was written by the poet Salih Sharafuddin Muhammad al-Busiri. This poem has become widespread in many Arab countries, as well as in the Caucasus, in Asia.

At present, Mawlid is widely celebrated and has a national significance in Syria, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and other Muslim countries. In Pakistan, it is an official holiday, celebrated for three days.

Each territory has its own peculiarities of celebration the Mawlids

Almost everywhere there are key moments - it is reading the Holy Qur'an stories about the life of the Prophet, as well as reading poems and odes. After the event, gifts, sweets and treats are distributed.

In the territory of Sham (Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Palestine), in Egypt, Malaysia and a number of other countries of the Middle East, throughout the month of Rabi' al-awwal the Muslims decorate the streets, cook treats, arrange joyful processions. In addition to official festivities in mosques, folk festivities are held, they cook food and distribute sweets in the streets and squares.

In the CIS countries, Muslims usually celebrate Mawlid at home. To this event, hosts invite relatives, friends, honourable, poor, elderly people.

The Tatars have tradition to read first Surah Yasin, and then the text of Mawlid in Tatar. The scientist Süleyman Çelebi wrote the text of Mawlid in the Turkic (Old Turkish) language. The text was written in Arabic letters using some additional letters without vowel marks in such a way that both Kazan and Crimean Tatars, as well as Turks, Turkmens, Azeris, Kazakhs, Uzbeks, Kirghiz, Kumyks and other representatives of the Turkic language group could read and understand it, because in olden days these peoples used Arabic script in writing. In this text, the biography of the Prophet is described in verse form. Currently, for Mawlid these peoples choose different verses from similar texts, but the goal is one: to collect the Muslims and preserve the heritage.

In the Central and North-Western Caucasus, there are specific traditions of celebrating Mawlid. It should be noted that it may differ even in neighbouring auls (villages).

For example, the Dagestanis conduct Mawlid on various joyful and sad events. According to the tradition of Caucasian hospitality, hosts invite the whole village; the Chechens usually sit on the floor in a circle, put salt and water for baroyat and read the verses of the Qur'an. At the end, they give alms and a national dish of boiled meat with dumplings and sauce - Zhizhig Galnash.

Communities of the DUMU annually hold a large number of Mawlid events throughout Ukraine - in towns and villages, in mosques and at home.

It will be interesting:
Spring Festival. The embassies of eight countries celebrated NOWRUZ 2019 in the capital of Ukraine
On March 19, 2019, the celebration of the International NOWRUZ Day took place in Kyiv. The eight embassies of foreign states accredited in Ukraine, namely, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Turkey and the Republic of Uzbekistan, were the initiators of the official celebration in the Column Hall of the Kyiv State Administration.
Mărțișor/Baba Marta is solemnly celebrated in Kyiv
On March 12 at the premises of Petro Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine, on the initiative of the Embassies of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Moldova and Romania, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the OUTLOOK project was held a friendly welcoming spring in Kyiv.
Visit of diplomats to the city of Ostroh
This Saturday, on February 23, 2019, Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of foreign states, representatives of diplomatic missions, international organizations, the State Affairs Department of the President of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine visited the city of Ostroh, the centre of origin and development of Ukrainian Education, at organizational support and participation of the Directorate-General for Rendering Services to Diplomatic Missions together with the National University of Ostroh Academy.
Diplomatic reception on the occasion of the national holiday of the Republic of Serbia
On February 13, a solemn ceremony took place on the occasion of the main national holiday of Serbia - Statehood Day which marks the official level since 2001 and marks the Day of the beginning of the Serbian Revolution against the Ottoman occupation in 1804.
"The Ukrainian Canadians". The Ambassador Roman Vashchuk opened an exhibition in Kyiv
On February 12, an exhibition devoted to the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada was opened at the Ukrainian Diaspora Museum with the support of the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine. The purpose of the project is to show the life of Ukrainian Canadians, their tireless work in the new country and the efforts they make every day.
Lebanese star Carole Samaha performs in Kyiv
On February 7 at the National Opera of Ukraine under the auspices of the Embassy of the Republic of Lebanon in Ukraine the diplomatic reception and solemn concert on the occasion of the Day of St. Maroon, the father of the Maronite Churcha took place. The combination of the Lebanese charm and the Ukrainian soul in the participants of the event made an incredible impression on the guests.
Ambassador of Uzbekistan Alisher Abdualiev concludes his term at the office
Life of a diplomat is always about changing locations and countries of work. Period of an Ambassador’s activities at the office can be measured not just as a time span spent in the host country but also in projects carried out and connections and ties established.
Táncház. The Embassy of Hungary holds dancing workshop
Cultural interaction is among priority lines of developing cooperation between countries. The Embassy of Hungary in Ukraine launched year 2019 with a chain of educational events about Hungarian folk heritage and believe us or not because of its drive energy you should definitely dance on your best at the floor!
Plans for 2019. Working Lunch with the Representatives of the Media from the Ambassador of Indonesia.
A year has to have a proper start and the OUTLOOK Project had it launched with a working lunch in the residence of the Ambassador of Indonesia to Ukraine Mr. Yuddi Chrisnandi. Representatives of the Embassy proudly presented projects that were organized by Socio-Cultural Department in 2018 and shared plans for the future.
Presentation of the Nineteenth Issue of the Yearbook “Diplomatic Ukraine”
On November 28, 2018, the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine hosted a presentation of the 19th issue of the yearbook “Diplomatic Ukraine” as well as publication of series “The Library of the Scientific Year-Book “Diplomatic Ukraine” of the Directorate-General for Rendering Services to Diplomatic Missions.
A century of modern Romania. Ambassador Christian Leon Tsurcanu carried out an official reception and noted the importance of cooperation between our countries
In 2018, Romania celebrates a great event - the unification of Transylvania with the Kingdom of Romania, an event that laid the foundation of a modern country. In honor of the remarkable date, the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Romania to Ukraine, Christian-Leon Tsurcanu, held a solemn diplomatic reception.
Blumenfeld Piano Duo concert in Kyiv. The Ambassador of Belgium: my credo in Ukraine means we play and work together
On the 15-th of November, Belgium celebrates King's Day, taking advantage of the excellent occasion. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Alex Lennart organized a concert of two virtuosos in the Kiev Philharmonic Hall - the duo Blumenfeld Piano Duo of the world-famous Ukrainian pianist, who lives in Belgium, Dmitry Sukhovienko and Belgian Aaron Weinberg.
Our first anniversary: OUTLOOK WORLD CULTURE FESTIVAL 2018. Part 2
Every people’s culture is unique, full of riddles, mysteries, traditions, customs and stories. We are exorbitantly happy that within the framework of the festival of cultures of peoples of the world OUTLOOK WORLD CULTURE FESTIVAL our team creates a venue to exchange the most interesting among different countries and peoples.
Our first anniversary: OUTLOOK WORLD CULTURE FESTIVAL 2018
Every people’s culture is unique, full of riddles, mysteries, traditions, customs and stories. We are exorbitantly happy that within the framework of the festival of cultures of peoples of the world OUTLOOK WORLD CULTURE FESTIVAL our team creates a venue to exchange the most interesting among different countries and peoples.
Ambassador of Tajikistan in Ukraine carried out a reception
The 27th Independence Day of the Republic of Tajikistan was celebrated in the capital of Ukraine with a solemn diplomatic reception.
"100 years of statehood". The Latvian Embassy organized a public discussion on the centennial of independence
On the 13-th of September, the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Ukraine together with the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine organized a public discussion on the topic "One Hundred Years of Statehood: Lessons from Latvian and Ukrainian Experience" that was opened by the Ambassador of Latvia to Ukraine Juris Poikans and the Director of the First European Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasily Khiminets.
Farewell reception of the Ambassador of Mexico in Ukraine Maria Luisa Beatriz Lopez Gargallo
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico, Maria Louisa Beatriz Lopez-Gargallo, completes her diplomatic mission in Ukraine and, in connection with this, organized a official farewell party.
German garden has opened doors for Kyiv citizens and guests of town
The German Embassy in Ukraine traditionally organized an open day in September - the German Garden. Kiev citizens and guests of the city could get acquainted with the activities of Germany in Ukraine and talk with representatives of German intermediary organizations.
Ambassador Ruslan Bolbachan: relations between Moldova and Ukraine has new quality, they are getting closer
In honor of the 27th anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Moldova in the Ukrainian capital, the embassy of this state and personally the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Ruslan Bolbachan organized an official celebration.
Ambassador Guillaume Scheurer: Ukraine is getting stronger while Switzerland is nearby
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Switzerland to Ukraine Guillaume Scheurer invited friends and partners to celebrate the Swiss night. In a relaxed atmosphere in the Sophia Reserve, the Kiev guests of the evening were able to communicate, establish new contacts and simply enjoy the beautiful September musical evening.
Close
Outlook facebook page