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Tue 15 Feb 2011

Sunnis celebrate the birth of the Prophet

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Sunni Muslims celebrate Eid al-Mawlid an-Nabawī, the birth of the Prophet Mohammed which occurs on the 12th day of Rabi' al-awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar. 

The majority of Shia Muslim scholars believe however that the Prophet's birthday is on the 17th day of Rabi' al-awwal. 

To solve this problem, Iran has in the past organized an Islamic Unity Week which combines both perspectives.

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