Mevlid Kandili – Birth of the Prophet Muhammed

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Welcome to Mevlid Kandili

Mevlid Kandili is one of the five holy nights on the Muslim calendar called kandil. This night commemorates the birth of the Prophet Muhammed. In the Muslim world, the week preceding Mevlid Kandili is one of prayer, celebration and reflection. The focus is on the value of humanity and compassion, mercy and justice, patience, fortitude and generosity. According to Muslim belief, each of these inform and enlighten individual life and social connections. The Prophet Muhammed is the guiding light and the keeper of morality, providing a role model for Muslims to follow.

Those seeking forgiveness for their sins must perform rekat four times. Rekat are the prayers Muslims perform five times a day, accompanied by a series of actions proscribed by Muslim scholars. It’s preferable if the person knows the prayers and movements by heart. Those praying for a particular purpose can have their wish granted provided they read the Fatiha, the opening chapter of the Koran, 40 times without cease, while standing.

This tradition of Mevlid Kandili goes back hundreds of years. Each year Turkish newspapers publish a piece on the meaning and importance of the night, as well as explaining how to pray. This often includes detailed instructions on what to say and how many times to say it, when using tespih, that is, Turkish worry beads. More recently, Turkey’s love affair with modern technology has been put to good use. It’s now possible to get meaningful and divine Mevlid Kandili inspirational messages to share with your friends via Whatsapp. Mevlid is only one of the kandili in the Muslim calendar. Learn about the others here.


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