RAWALPINDI - A Mehfil-e-Milad for ladies was organised by Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) in connection with the holy month of Rabi-ul-Awal here on Tuesday.

Famous Na’at Khawans of the country paid homage to Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). PML-N Senator Begum Najma Hameed and MNA Tahira Aurangzeb along with former Resident Director RAC Naheed Manzoor were guests of honor.

The Mehfil-e-Milad started with recitation of verses from Holy Quran. Speaking on the occasion, Senator Najma Hameed said the holy month of Rabi-ul-Awal holds special significance for Muslims and special events were arranged to pay homage to Holy Prophet (PBUH). She said that Muslims were facing numerous problems and challenges today that can only be resolved by following teachings of Holy Muhammad Prophet (PBUH). 

“Teachings and practices of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) hold equal significance for Muslims in every age. We as a Muslims cannot succeed in this life and life hereafter without following in the footprints of Holy Prophet (PBUH),” she added.

Addressing the gathering, MNA Tahira Aurangzeb said that Naats recited at the Mehfil-e-Milad reflected love and respect of Muslims for Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).  “Solution to our social, economic and family problems exists in following teachings of Holy Prophet (PBUH). Such ceremonies give us peace of mind and soul,” she added.

Naheed Manzoor said that Rawalpindi maintained its tradition to organize mehfil-e-milad for ladies in the holy month of Rabi-ul-Awal. She said that its our religious obligation to celebrate the month enthusiastically.

Those who recited naats and mesmerized the atmosphere include Sana Nazar, Nazima Malik, Asma Shaukat, Zuhra Haidri, Saher Fattah, Hina Ghazanfar of government Viqar un Nisa Degree College, Mahnoor Malik, Somiyah Batool, Bushra Shaheen of Government Degree College Dhoke Mangtal, Sughra Bibi, and Ayesha Khan. Later, prayers were also offered for the prosperity of the country and unity of Muslim Ummah.

Meanwhile, the campus radio of Fatima Jinnah Women University organised an inter-departmental Naat competition here on Tuesday. Mehr Nigar, Sarah Akhter Hashmi and Ms Sadia Rehan were adjudged the competition. Some 11 departments of the university participated in the competition, which started with the recitation from the holy Quran by Lala Imtiaz, a student of Communication and Media Studies Department.

According to the results, Memoona Mazhar of Education Department took first position followed by student Computer Science Sidra Qayani securing second position whereas Faiza Fayyaz of Economics Department stood third.