Nation to celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi
21 April, 2005
ISLAMABAD, April 22 (Online): Muslims throughout the world including Pakistan will celebrate the 1479th birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) on Friday (the 12th of Rabiul Awwal), with religious enthusiasm and solemnity, renewing their pledge to spread His message of peace, compassion and brotherhood for the betterment of entire humanity.
It will be a public holiday on Friday, and all the government and semi-government offices, bazaars and shopping malls will remain closed on the day commonly known as Eid Miladun Nabi.
The national flag will be hoisted on all public buildings.
Various religious, social and cultural organisations will organize Milad mahafil and Seerat gatherings where speakers will bring to light various aspects of the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and will push people to follow in His footsteps.
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz will inaugurate a one-day National Seerat Conference at the National Library auditorium in Islamabad on Friday to be attended by ulema, mashaikh and religious scholars from different schools of thought from across the country.
The newspapers and magazines will bring out special issues while the electronic media will air special programmes highlighting the sanctity and significance of the day.
The faithful will take out processions, reciting aloud kalma tayeeba, and naats in praise of last prophet (PBUH) to show their strong love and respect for Him.
The countrywide celebrations will begin soon after Fajr prayers.
People will recite from the holy Quran and offer special prayers at mosques and at homes for country's solidarity, progress and prosperity and well being of Muslims all over the world.
Free meals will be offered to the poor and sweets will be distributed amongst people on the occasion.
Like other parts of the country, a big Milad procession will be taken out from the Markazi Jamia Masjid, Rawalpindi where hundreds of Milad and Naat committees from across the city will participate.
After passing through its designated routes in the city, the procession will finish at the starting point.
The administration of twin cities are making elaborate security arrangements to avoid any untoward situation on the occasion, and police and other security personnel will also be present on key points of the twin cities to maintain law and order.
'Nation's emancipation lies in teachings, Sunnah of Prophet (PBUH)'
Pakistan Muslim League-N Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in his message to nation on the holy birthday of Muhammad (PBUH) has said that the day of 12th Rabi-ul-Awal has recalled to draw light for comprehensive guidance in every sector from the teachings and Sunnah of the holy prophet (PBUH).
In his message released here Thursday, the PML-N Quaid said that the day of 12th Rabi-ul-Awal had provided Ummah to study the whole life of prophet (PBUH), which is a paragon and beacon light toward the right path.
Referring to the life of Muhammad (PBUH), he noted that he (PBUH) had never compromise on principles and tolerated the very critical situations of the time.
"The Ummah is passing through worst crisis in history due to deviation from the path defined by Muhammad (PBUH)," he said adding that the Ummah should abide by Islamic values and teachings to get rid of current turmoil.
Islam is the religion of peace and security, moderation and brotherhood but the religion is subjected to blurring and baseless propaganda, he regretted.
He said that anti-Islam elements had been victimizing innocent Muslims included male, female and children to worse kind of terrorism in Kashmir, Philistine and Iraq.
He called for greater unity and solidarity among various segments of nation to foil the nefarious designs of anti-social elements and anti-country forces.