LAHORE - The nation celebrated Eid Miladun Nabi with fervor and enthusiasm yesterday amid elaborate security arrangements.

The day dawned with a 31-gun salute in Islamabad and 21-gun salutes in provincial capitals including Lahore. Special prayers were offered for the security, solidarity and prosperity of Pakistan, success of Zarb-e-Azab, freedom of Kashmir and Palestine and unity of Ummah. The entire country gave a festive look as believers illuminated mosques, markets, houses and streets with colorful lights to mark the birthday of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Replica of Kaba, Masjid-e-Nabvi and other sacred places on extensively decorated mountain models remained attraction for people in general and for women and kids in particular. People cut cakes at venues of Milad Conferences and at home to express joy on the birth of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). People send cakes and sweet to their dear and near ones, friends and people in the locality to share the happiness and joy of Eid Miladun Nabi.   

Seerat conferences, Naat Khawani, Qirat, Qawali and Naatia Mushaira were arranged to pay homage to the last messenger of Allah Almighty and highlight the teaching and sunnah. Milad processions were taken out in big cities and towns across the country to express joy. Ulema highlighted the significance of the day and asked the people to follow the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) to achieve success in life and hereafter.

Newspapers brought out special editions while electronic media aired special programs to highlight the importance of the occasion.

In Lahore, government and private buildings, mosques, bazars, houses and venues of Seerat conferences and other such gatherings were extensively decorated with green flags, colorful lights and buntings. Hundreds of Miladun Nabi processions were taken out from different parts which culminated at designated places after passing through traditional routes.

Markazi Milad Committee took out procession from Lahore Railways Station in the afternoon that culminated at Data Darbar after passing through traditional route- Ausralasia Chowk, Branderth Road, Railway Road, Chowk Dalgran, Gwalmandi, Mayo Hospital, Anarkali, Lohari and Bhaati Gate. Prior to the procession, a grand meeting was held which was participated by people from all walks of life. Malik Aftab Rabbani inaugurated the meeting chaired by Justice retd Munir Mughal. Minister Azad Kashmir Nasir Dar hoisted national flag. Minister for Food Bilal Yasin, Advisor to AJK Prime Minister Ghulam Muhiud Din Diwan, Sahabzada Hayat Sultan from Balochistan, Taimur Sultan from Sindh, Sardar Janam Singh and Bhagat Lal from minorities and famous actor Mustafa Qureshi were amongst the participants.

Rose water and petals were sprinkled on the participants by a plane. Thousands of colorful balloons and pigeons were freed that presented delightful look.

Sabeels of water, milk and juices were set up along the route to facilitate the participants. Food was also distributed among the participants on the route of the procession. Group of Naat Khwans continued reciting Naat while the participants marched on foot, on four and two wheelers toward the concluding point-Data Darbar. A meeting was also held at Data Darbar on the culmination of the procession.

Tehrik Minhajul Quran continued the tradition of holding Milad Conference. Dr Tahirul Qadri addressed the conference also participated by noted scholars and Naat Khwans from across the country.

Hundreds of goats were slaughtered for offering dinner to the participants.

Minhajul Quran chief highlighted the significance of the day and stressed the need of promoting Islamic values, message of love, justice and peace. He criticized western media for committing blasphemy of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in the name of the freedom of expression.