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MAWLID. Derived from the triliteral Arabic root w-l-d, mawlid means "birth." Al-Mawlid al-Nabawi alSharif, for example, refers to the twelfth day of Rabi' al-Awwal of the Islamic calendar, believed to be the day of the prophet Muhammad's birth, and celebrated (except in Saudi Arabia) by Muslims as a holiday marked by popular festivities and state ceremonies. In popular usage the term mawlid refers to a commemorative occasion of the anniversary of a deceased holy person, man or woman, Muslim, Chr ...more

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