Muslims around the world are celebrating the birth of the prophet, Muhammad, which occurs on the 12th day of Rabi' al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar. The day of observance is known as Eid-e-Milad or Mawlid al-Nabi, shortened to Mawlid (or variations of the spelling, such as Moulid, Milad or Mevlit).
The prophet's birth anniversary is celebrated by mainstream Sunni and Shia denominations of Islam. However, some branches of Islam, such as Wahhabism and the Ahmadiyya disapprove of comemorating the date. Mawlid is a national holiday in most Muslim majority countries, apart from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Prophet Muhammad was born in AD 570 and is believed by Muslims to be a messenger and prophet sent by God. His birthday is observed by prayers at mosque and charity for the poor. This year, Mawlid falls between the evenings of 30 November and 1 December. IBTimes UK presents photographs of Muslims around the world celebrating the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.