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    Milad-i-Sherif in 2022

    Celebrated by Muslims on the twelfth day of the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar

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    When is Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday?

    Mawlid‘ is Celebrated by Muslims during the month of Rabiulawal, the third month of the Muslim calendar.

    Also commonly known as ‘Milad un Nabi’, this day is observed as a public holiday in many countries with a large Muslim population as it commemorates the anniversary of the birth of the founder of Islam and the proclaimer of the Qurʾan.

    Shias observe the event on the 17th of the month, while Sunnis observe it on the 12th of the month. Some branches of Sunni Islam, such as Wahhabi and Salafi do not celebrate Mawlid, meaning that it is not a holiday in some countries such as Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar.

    As the Islamic calendar is based on lunar cycles, the date in the Gregorian calendar will vary each year. The Islamic Calendar is about 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar, meaning that in some years this holiday will occur twice.

    Traditions of Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday

    Also known to Muslims in Malaysia as Maulud Nabi. This is purely a religious festival and is marked as a public holiday.

    Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born in Mecca on 12 Rabiulawal in the year 570 CE. The prophet’s full name is Abū al-Qāsim Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn ʿAbd al-Muṭṭalib ibn Hāshim.

    Muhammad is believed to have been a descendant of Ishmael. According to Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Isaac and Ishmael were two sons of Abraham. Whereas Jews are believed to have descended from Isaac, Arabs are believed to have descended from Ishmael.

    By his 6th birthday, Muhammad was an orphan and was raised by uncle Abu Talib and his grandfather Abdul-Muttalib. He learned about business from his uncle and earned a reputation as a trustworthy trader.

    It was not until Muhammad was 40 years old that he was commanded by the angel Gabriel, who carried God’s message, to declare God’s oneness and to shun the idolatry of his tribesmen. 

    Over the following 20 years, his preaching of the Qur’an which was revealed to him would establish one of the world’s great religions, Islam.

    Around the Islamic world, Muhammad’s birthday is celebrated with religious lectures and recitals of verses from the Qur’an, in mosques decorated with lights to mark the occasion.

    The basic earliest accounts for the observance of Mawlid can be found in 8th century Mecca when the house in which Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born was transformed into a place of prayer by Al-Khayzuran. Al-Khayzuran was the mother of a caliph, Harun-al-Rashid.

    Though public celebrations of the birth of Muhammad did not occur until four centuries after his passing away. The oldest Mawlid-text is claimed to be from the 12th century and most likely being of Persian origin.

    The Sunni and Shia branches of Islam have different ways of marking the day. The Shia community believes that on 12 Rabiulawal, the Prophet Muhammad chose Hazrat Ali as his successor. The Sunni community holds prayers throughout the month and they do not practice mourning on this day.

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    The Dubai Hindu Temple is a place of worship for Hindus in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The small temple caters to the large Hindu community in the United Arab Emirates and is currently the only Hindu temple in the UAE

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    The Dubai Hindu Temple is a place of worship for Hindus in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The small temple caters to the large Hindu community in the United Arab Emirates and is currently the only Hindu temple in the UAE.

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    The temple is only a prayer hall with two altars or shrines (“Sannidhis“) on two sides, one for Shiva and one for Krishna. A third altar has been set up for Shirdi Sai Baba also.

    The temple is run in conjunction with the Indian consulate in Dubai. Daily worship is performed here for the framed paintings / posters. The temple also performs wedding ceremonies between Hindus.

    History

    In 1958, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed al Maktoum permitted a Hindu temple to be built on the first floor on top of a warren of old-fashioned shops in Bur Dubai.[3][4] This shopping center is known as the “Bur Dubai Old Souk” and is located west of the Dubai Creek in the area known as Bur Dubai.

    This temple, which was permitted to be built in 1958 is the only temple in UAE. The temple is relatively small compared to diaspora of Indians in UAE. It comprises a medium-sized prayer room located above a warren of old-style shops in the old city area of Dubai, almost an hour drive from the main city. It can be considered more accurately a prayer hall. Most people aren’t able to attend prayers on festivals due to room’s ability to only hold 10-15 people comfortably at a time.

    There used to be a large department store there, built on the upper floor above a set of old-fashioned shops, as department store was shut down, and the area was given for creating a temple. Even today, we find the remains of the department store in the shape of several spiral staircases dotting the prayer hall and taking to lofts (department-store mezzanines) which are used for storage, like in department stores.

    Temple Structure

    The approach to the temple is through one of the alleys in the shopping center. Underneath the temple hall, there are small old-fashioned shops. This is the shopping center, and there’s no perticular identifiable gateway. The alley has shops on both sides, some of which sell the material required for worship, such as flowers and joss-sticks. There are walls built to make the structure sound proof as per government laws to noise control because of structures position in small crowded market.

    What is the famous temple of Dubai?

    Hindu Temple, Dubai
    Deity : Lord Krishna, Lord Siva
    Location: Location Bur Dubai, Dubai

    How many temples are there in Dubai?

    There are two temples in Dubai, one of Lord Krishna and the other of Lord Shiva, everyone should definitely try to visit both.

    Can I do pooja in Dubai?

    A satisfying darshan of Shiva with pooja is a must visit in Dubai. There is an adjacent Shrinathji Krishna Temple too,which can also be visited. There are colourful shops dotting the lane selling pooja articles.

    The Shri Krishna Temple in Dubai is managed by the Mercantile Hindu Community of Thatta (Sind) – MHCT(S). MHCT(S) has been serving the Indian community in UAE since 1902.

    The Shri Krishna Temple was built in 1958; HH Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum had graciously granted the land and permission to build.

    MHCT(S) is proud to launch www.krishnatempledubai.com to serve the Hindu community with information about the temple and future events.

    Darshan Timings

    Mangla – 6:30 am to 7:15 am

    Aarti – 7:00 am

    Shringar – 8:30 am to 9:30 am

    Rajbhog – 10:15 am to 11:15 am

    Utthapan – 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm

    Sandhya – 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm

    Aarti – 7: 30 pm

    For the safety of all Vaishnavs must follow the below mentioned guidelines.

    • No entry without Mask and Gloves (Mask/Gloves not provided by Temple)
    • People should maintain social distance at all times. (Follow Social distance stickers)
    • Temperature checks shall be carried out for all.
    • No sitting/waiting allowed – Moving crowd only (No Chairs)
    • No gathering before or after darshans (kindly leave the premises immediately after darshans)
    • No Lift services will be available.
    • Toilets will remain closed.
    • People suffering from chronic diseases or having low immunity should not come to the Temple for their own safety.
    • People who have been in contact with Covid-19 positive patients, should not enter the temple.
    • A Humble request to cooperate with the Security and Volunteers

    Location : Opp.Dubai Museum – Al Fahidi St – Dubai Map link

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