Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is commemorated in Palestine on 12 Rabi’ al-awwal of the Islamic calendar. It is a public holiday in the Palestinian Authority areas of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. And it is a major annual occasion for street processions, large public gatherings for prayer, and private festivities held in homes all across Palestine.
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Many attend annual events at Al-Aqsa Mosque, also known as “The Dome of the Rock“, because it is the third holiest site in the Muslim world. Only the mosques in Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia where Islam began are considered holier.
Those who attend the Al-Aqsa Muhammad’s Birthday program may spend time singing songs of praise to Muhammad’s character and exploits. They may also recite Koranic passages together, enjoy sweets and refreshments, and listen to sermons and speeches.
The streets are bustling in and around Jerusalem on Muhammad’s Birthday, and the local economy gets a huge boost from the influx of the faithful.