The day dawned with a thirty-one-gun salute in the federal capital and twenty-one-gun salute in each provincial capital to pay homage to the Last Prophet (peace be upon him) of Allah.
Special prayers were offered in mosques after Fajr prayers for peace, prosperity and development of the country. Milad conferences were arranged to pay respect to the last messenger whose life and teachings are a beacon of light for the mankind.
Mosques, buildings, markets, streets and homes were decorated and illuminated with colourful lights and buntings. People decorated their houses with colourful lights and green flags to show their immeasurable love for the Last Prophet (peace be upon him).
In Lahore, Milad processions were taken out from different places under special security. The main procession was taken out from Data Darbar.
The Minhajul Quran Movement organised Tajdar-e-Khatam-e-Nubuwwat Conference at Minar-e-Pakistan. Minhaj head Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri addressed the conference. He said the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) protected rights of the oppressed, orphans, the weaker and the poor. He said the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) did not take revenge on anyone for his person but he did not forgive any oppressor. Dr Qadri said that rights of the oppressed enjoyed the same kind of sanctity as those of the faith. Extending help to the oppressed and the weaker against the oppressor is the teaching of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). The finality of prophethood of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is established by the text of the Holy Quran. The Hadith has also expressly and sufficiently explained the belief in finality of prophethood. He said that belief in finality of prophethood is the foundation of faith and hence it is fundamental duty of every believer to safeguard it. “Only the deviant can tinker with the concept of finality of prophethood. No one can change or amend the decisions made by Allah Almighty till the Day of Judgement,” he said.
Mandla Mandela, grandson of the legendary anti-apartheid South African leader Nelson Mandela, came all the way from South Africa to attend the conference as chief guest. He was accompanied by chairman of South African Memon community AV Muhammad, Zaid Nurdin, Ismail Abu-ul-Hassan Khatib and Tahir Rafique Naqishbandi.
A large number of people from different parts of Pakistan participated in the conference. Na’at Khwan and Qaris warmed the hearts of people with recitation of verses from the Holy Quran and Na’at in their melodious voices. Dr Qadri said that Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) was so peace loving that he entered into agreements that were apparently against interests of Muslims. He said that solution to all ills lies in following the life pattern of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). He congratulated Mandla Mandela and other distinguished guests on their participation in the conference.
Expressing his views on the occasion, Mandela said it was a matter of honour for him to come to Pakistan and attend the Milad Conference on the invitation of Dr Qadri. He said he was happy to be at the place where foundation stone of Pakistan was laid. He said that Islam is a religion of peace and the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) is the greatest revolutionary. He said that he was proud that his grandfather, Nelson Mandela, waged an exemplary struggle for the rights of the oppressed and was instrumental in their freedom from apartheid. He lauded people of Pakistan for their heroic sacrifices against terrorism and stated that they were loving people and their contribution deserved to be appreciated.
The conference was addressed by Mian Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, leader of Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslimeen Allama Muhammad Amin Shaheedi, Waleed Iqbal, Barrister Ismail Abu-ul-Hassan Khateeb, Muhammad Zaid Nurdin and Tahir Rafique Naqishbandi.
Menormal Francis, Sardar Gopal Singh Chawla, Pandit Sarwa Bhoma and Kishan Lal also participated in conference.
Member of the Azad Kashmir Assembly Ghulam Mohiuddin Dewan, Aneesur Rehman and Riaz Mujahid were among the participants.
At the end of the conference there were fireworks and slogans in praise of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).