LAHORE - Nation will celebrate Eid Miladun Nabi today (Sunday) with full zeal and zest to show great respect and reverence to Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Every street and bazaar including major private and public buildings, main roads of the country has been decorated with colourful lighting, buntings and small green flags. Unlike the past, Islamic scholars have decided this year to observe the day as ‘Namoos-e-Risaalat Day’ in order to challenge the conspiracies by westerns powers that every now and then publish material blasphemous to Islam and the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

All the day, scholars and clerics will lead different processions and deliver speeches on the great role and life of the holy Prophet, a symbol of mercy and compassion.

The central Milad Committee will take out the central procession from Railways Station to the Shrine of great Saint Hazrat Ali Bin Usman Al-Hajveri alias Hazrat Data Gunj Baksh through the streets and bazaars of the old city and will offer special prayers for the country and Muslim world.

During the procession, local residents will welcome the participants of the main procession and will offer them special feasts, besides showering rose petals and water upon them from the roofs of their houses.

Apart from the central procession, a number of gatherings for Naat Khwani, Qirat, Qawwali and Naatia Mushaairas will also be held to pay homage to the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Traders and market committees will decorate their own markets/neighbourhoods/houses and surroundings with illuminations, coloured flower ropes, buntings, chandeliers and ribbons and many organisations will hold competitions among people for best decorated neighbourhood and street.  Religious seminaries including Jamia Rasoolia Sheerazia, Jamia Naeemia, Jamia Nizamia and Jamia Razwia Bhatti Gate and others religious schools will also take out rallies and processions and will arrange ‘Seerat conferences’ to express their love with the Holy Prophet, at different places in the provincial metropolis.

On Saturday night, Pakistan Ulema Council, Tahafuz-i-Namoos-i-Risalat Mahaz, Pakistan Sunni Tehreek and Tehrik Minhajul Quran and other religious groups organised different programs and congregations to pay homage to the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

Central Milad Committee of Idara Hizbul Ahnaf took a procession of torch-bearers from Gunj Baksh Road to Regal Chowk at Mall. The participants were holding torch lights, reciting naats and were walking on the Mall to their final destination. Children and youth were busy erecting the clay replica of desert and mountains of the Arab peninsula where the divine message was first dawned on the Prophet (PBUH). At Minar-i-Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran held annual Milad Conference which was addressed by its Chief Dr Tahirul Qadri via video link from the USA. The scene at Minar-e-Pakistan was worth-seeing and thousands of people took part in the conference.

Messages:  Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) brought a revolution in the world through his teachings and high character in a brief time period. He said that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) gave an exemplary socio-economic system to the world. He said that cruelty, excesses, injustice and lawlessness could be eliminated from the society by following the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

Meanwhile, Punjab Governor Ch Sarwar in his Eidul Mildanun Nabi message said that by following the teachings of Holy Prophet (PBUH) about brotherhood, tolerance, justice, forgiveness and ending mutual differences, we could create an ideal society at the global level.

Security: DIG (Operations) Dr Haider Ashraf has said that a comprehensive security plan has been chalked out to provide foolproof security to Eid Miladun Nabi processions in Lahore where more than ten thousand lawmen will be deputed.

Lahore CCPO Muhammad Amin Wains has directed the police ensure best security arrangements to Eid Miladun Nabi processions, a police spokesperson said Saturday. The DIG said all Divisional SPs, DSPs and SHOs will maintain a close contact with Ulema and organisers of processions of their respective areas to effectively implement the security plan. Addressing a meeting, Dr Haider Ashraf said that elite force, QRF besides reserve police officials of police lines would also perform security duty. He said that all available walkthrough gates and metal detectors of police would be provided for the security of processions.