RAWALPINDI - The residents celebrated Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAWW) with religious reverence and fervour.

The day dawned with special prayers at mosques for the betterment and prosperity of the country. Religious leaders and scholars delivered sermons on the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) teachings.

A large number of small and big processions and rallies were taken our from various areas on the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) reciting Darood Sharif, verses from Holy Quran and Na'ats. These processions started from the mosques and other places, passed trough designated routes and culminated at the starting point amid tight security made by Rawalpindi police.

Similarly, Mehfil-e-Milads and Seerat conferences were organised in homes, schools, colleges and universities where faculty members and students, religious scholars and intellectuals shed light on the Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) life, sayings, teachings and philosophies.

The houses, mosques, bazaars, markets, plazas and even roads were decorated with huge-sized banners, electric bulbs and green buntings.

Scores of stages, models of Majid-e-Nabvi (SAWW) and Khana Kaa'ba were made at Morgah, Mumtaz Market, Banni and Raja Bazaar while Na'at Sharif competitions were also held among the children and citizens at Committee Chowk, Chungi Number 22, Adyala Road, Mumtaz Market, Ali Town, Gulshan-e-Abad, Katcheri, Jhanda Cheechi, Raja Bazaar, Saddar, Morgah, Dhamial, Chakri Road, Sadiqabad, Shakrial, Double Road and Dhoke Kala Khan and thereafter prizes were distributed among the participants, who performed outstandingly in the above stated disciplines. Unannounced loadshedding perturbed the organisers and the participants the whole day. Citizens protested over electricity suspension.  Motors and motorcycles rallies were also carried out in many areas by the citizens.

On the occasion, charity food was also distributed among the poor and the needy as well as the participants of the rallies.

A mammoth Milad rally was taken out from Jamia Masjid Bahar-e-Madina, led by Hafiz Gulzar Ahmed Chishti.

Markazi Milad Committees of Raja Bazaar and Saddar set up various camps along Murree Road holding Na'at and Qirat competitions among the citizens. Prizes and shields were given to winners. Following the instructions of City Police Officer (CPO) Akhtar Umar Hayat Lalayka and SSP (Operations) Mian Maqbool, foolproof security measures were made on the routes of Milad processions.

Lakki Marwat Reporter adds: Processions were taken out in Lakki city, Naurang, Darra Pezu, Tajori and other localities wherein a large number of followers participated.  In Lakki city, Anjaman Ghulaman-e-Mustafa leaders Haji Abdul Rauf Sulemani, Haji Abdul Rashid Haji Gul Badshah and head of Marwat Qaumi Jirga Haji Muhammad Aslam Khan led the procession, which appeared from Jamia Masjid Ghosia.

Local police had made stringent security arrangements to ensure safety of the participants of the procession. Besides, all routes were cleared by the experts of bomb disposal squad before the procession passed on them.

The Milad procession passed through its traditional routes and converged at Madni Jamia Masjid in Meenakhel locality where prominent religious scholars delivered speeches on the birth anniversary of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).

Seerat conference: Marking celebrations of Eid Miladun Nabi a Seerat Conference was held at Jamia Masjide Hameeda Ahmad Ali, at Journalists Colony, Harbanspura.

Secretary General International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Dr Ahmad Ali Siraj and President Lahore Press Club Arshad Ansari were the chief guest of the Conference.  Eminent Naatkhwan Ziaur Rahman Beg, Nazar Qadri, Hafiz Ali, Abid Kamalvi, Syed Daood, Hamza Bokhari and others presented naat-e-Rasoole Maqbool while senior journalist Tajjammal Ghumani and Badar Zahoor Chishti performed stage secretary.