By holding processions, Naat congregations and other activities, Eid Miladun Nabi (SAWW) was celebrated with religious zeal and fervour here on Tuesday like other parts of the world.

The Faisalabad administration and police made high security arrangements. Heavy contingent of police was deployed at the sensitive points of Jamia Gole Masjid Ghulam Muhammadabad till the culmination of processions. Meanwhile, 6 medical camps were set up by the district health department at Dhobi Ghat, Kotwali road chowk, Gumti Chowk, Ghanta Ghar Chowk, Jamia Rizvia Jhang Bazaar and Jhal Khanuana chowk for giving medical first aid in case of any incident.

The main Milad procession was taken out from the Jamia Masjid Sunni Rizvi at 9.00am and culminated at the same place after passing through Kotwali road, Aminpur Bazaar, Katchery Bazaar, Circular Road, Karkhana Bazaar, Ghanta Ghar and Jhang Bazaar.

The other processions were taken out from the shrine of Mian Gulam Qadir ailias Gujjar Pir. The tight security arrangements were made for the protection of the people. More than 3,000 police personnel were deployed in the different places to avert any untoward incident. The bazaars, roads, chowks, markets were decorated with the buntings, flags, banners and other ornamental items and all the buildings, markets, houses, mosques, offices were illuminated with colourful lights at night. While special meals were prepared to distribute to the masses on Eid Miladun Nabi (SAWW). Earlier, the day dawned with special prayers and Darud-o-Salam in the mosques. Mahafil-e-Milad were also held at different parts of the city in which the speakers highlighted different aspects of Seeratun Nabi (SAWW).

In Ahmedpur East, main procession was taken out from Chowk Munir Shaheed which took the round of the city and ended at the same point. Local leaders including Abdul Aziz Faizi, Syed Salahuddin Ahmed and Mufti Mohsin Faizi addressed the participants. They urged the Muslims to follow the teachings of Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW). Darood Salam and Naats were recited during Eid MiladunNabi procession.

A large number of mosques and houses were decorated with green flags ad illuminated in the night. The day was also observed in Uchasharif, Chanigoth and Dera Nawab Sahib

In Sadiqabad, Eid Miladun Nabi (SAWW) was celebrated in Sadiqabad like other parts of the country. On the occasion, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan Vice Chairman Mian Ehsanul Haq said that those love the Last and Final Messenger (SAWW) are blessed with eternal life by Allah Almighty. He stressed a need for following in the footsteps of Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) to beautify and smoothen life. He said that Seeratun Nabi (SAWW) is a beacon for not only the Muslims but also the whole of humanity. He said that Miladun Nabi processions and congregations are the best way to promote love, Shariah, importance of the Day of Judgement, feelings for humanity and passion for doing good deeds and refraining from vicious practices.

For celebration of the day, mosques, government and private buildings, plazas and homes were decorated with lights and other decorative items to show love for the greatest personality (SAWW).

In Khnanewal, various religious, social and cultural organisations organised processions and gatherings where speakers highlighted various aspects of the life and teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW). ADDRESSING the participant, Fateh Muhammad Hamdi, Awais Mehboob, Azizur Rehman, Zulfiqar Rizvi, Sheikh Shafiq, MPA Nishat Ahmad Khan, Fakharul Islam, Iftikhar Nakyana and other speakers urged the Muslims to unite.

In Bahawalpur, the day dawned with special prayers in the mosques for the solidarity, integrity, harmony, brotherhood, peace, progress and prosperity of the country.

Punjab Minister for Cooperative Malik Muhammad Iqbal Channar led the main Milad procession which started from Milad Chowk and after passing through different bazaars and road culminated at the starting point.

The procession was largely attended by the faithful including DCO Imran Sikander Baloch and DPO Sohail Habib Tajik who were reciting Darood-o-Salam.

Later, a Seerat conference was held at the Central Eidgah of the city in which scholars and Ulema urged to forge unity among all ranks and follow the teachings of Islam to make the country citadel of Islam and counter the nefarious designs of anti-Islam forces.

The IUB vice chancellor in his address advised the students to follow the teachings of Islam and Sunnah (PBUH) for successful life as the life of the Holy Prophet Hazarat Muhammad (PBUH) is the best source of inspiration. The best way to celebrate the auspicious occasion is  to renew the pledge to make our lives according to the Quran and Sunnah.

He said that the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is the greatest reformer and messenger who changed the whole set-up of Arab society with his character and gave us a lesson to gain knowledge to understand the teachings of Islam and world so we have to follow it properly to revive the old glory of Islamic era. Dr Mukhtar was of the view that only education in all fields could pave way for success. The city was decorated and sweets were distributed in all parts of the city especially at prisons, hospitals and Darul-Amman.

In Toba Tek Singh, several processions reached Jamia Mosque Akbari from where a joint big procession led by Sunni Tehrik district Ameer Munem Siddiqi and Shamsuzzaman Qadri started. The participants marched on different city roads and reached Sadar Bazaar Chowk where speakers urged the people to act upon teachings of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).

In Burewala, a Miladun Nabi (PBUH) procession led by scholar Syed Muhammad Mehfoozul Haq Shah was taken out from Jamia Masjid Ghalla Mandi amid tight security and it culminated at the same place. The procession passed through Ghalla Mandi, Lakkar Mandi, Afaq Khan Chowk, Luddan-Multan Road, Chungi No 5, Vehari Bazaar, Goal Chowk, Arif Bazar, Bus Stand, College Road, Rail Bazaar, Joyia road. A many small processions from different routes merged into the main rally. All the adjacent roads on the route of the procession were also decorated with colourful flags, placards and banners.

The residents of Mandi district celebrated the day as about 54 processions emerged from various localities that gathered at Sadder Chowk. Speakers addressed the procession participants. They asked the faithful to follow teachings of the prophet and promote brotherhood and unity among them to foil evil designs of country’s enemies. The procession marched through different bazaars and ended at Miladun Babi Chowk. During processions, naats were recited.

The day was also observed in Hafizabad, Pindi Bhattian, Jalalpur Bhattian, Rasulpur Tarar, Sukheke Mandi, Kaleke Mandi, Kolo Tarar and other towns across the district. A dozen processions were taken out by different religious organisations which later joined the main procession taken out from Milad Chowk which was led by Syed Fida Hussain Shah, Barrister Wasimul Hassan Naqvi, Abdul Qayyum Gujjar, Col. (r) Ali Ahmad Awan Ex, Maulana Muhammad Sharif Shakoori and Muhammad Wasim Attari. The participants paraded through the main roads chanting Kalima-e-Tayyaba and terminated at the Milad Chowk where the speakers called upon the believers to mould their lives truly in accordance with the teachings of Holy Prophet (SAWW).

They said that most of the problems confronting the nation were due to deviation of the Muslims from the teachings of Holy Quran and Sunnah. It was, therefore, imperative for all the Muslims to prove themselves true followers of Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) by adopting his Uswa-e-Hasna in letter and spirit.

The speakers stressed a need for tolerance and forbearance for creating interfaith harmony for ensuring peaceful and congenial atmosphere. They called upon the rulers to introduce Islamic system in the country to materialise the dream of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to make the country an Islamic welfare state.

Hundreds of small and larger processions taken out in Sargodha merged into the main procession at Jamia Mosque Syed Hamid Ali Shah. A great number of vehicles were beautifully decorated in the procession. Especially children expressed their joy and delight on the occasion. All the government and private buildings including University of Sargodha were also illuminated. In Attock, a procession was taken out from Liaqat Ali Khan Shaheed Stadium. State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed, MPA Ejaz Hussain Bokhari, DCO Muhammad Iqbal, DPO Israr Ahmed and religious scholars including Maulana Ghulam Muhammad Siddiqui, Maulana Mehmoodul Hassan Tauheedi, Allama Dr Amjad Kazmi were also present.

Speakers stressed following the teachings of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) in letter and spirit. They emphasised the people to follow the Islamic teachings for their success in the world and the world hereafter. They said that the gathering of Sunnis and Shias is an ample proof that “we have no differences and want to become symbol of peace and brotherhood. Almighty Allah created the world for His beloved Prophet and we are lucky as we are the Ummah of Holy Prophet.”

“We want to tell our enemies that we are united and have no differences. Those creating unrest and are involved in terror activities have no concern with Islam and Pakistan and are the agents of the Jews,” they said. Later, the procession consisting of more than 100 Milad parties after passing through prescribed routes ended peacefully at Committee Chowk.