ISLAMABAD - Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) was celebrated in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad with religious zeal and fervour with taking out several big and small processions almost all parts of the cities.

In Islamabad, all the roads, streets and main government and private buildings were decorated with colourful lights and buntings. Reciting Na’ats and Darood-o-Salam for the Holy Prophet (PBUH), the main procession emerged from main Jamia Mosque Al-Raza sector G-7 (Sitara Market) and was culminated near the shrine of Hazrat Sakhi Mehmood at Aabpara Market after passing through various routes. Al-Haaj Malik Allah Yar, Malik Amjad Hussain Alvi, Pir Syed Mohammad Ali Wasti, Qari Obaid Ahmad Satti, Abul-Fazal Abdul Ghani Naqshbandi lead the procession.

Member of National Assembly Anjum Aqeel Khan welcomed the procession with flowers and Rose petals thrown upon the procession at the Hockey Ground camp.

The procession reached its destination peacefully and at the end Friday prayers were offered and charity meal (langer) was distributed by Auqaaf Department. The Islamabad Police provided security to the procession. The route of the procession was completely sealed off and the police officials also performed their duties on the rooftops of various buildings on the routes.

A Milad conference was also held before taking out the procession in Jamia Mosque Al-Raza that was presided over by Khawaja  Abu-ul-Khair Pir Mohammad Abdullah Jan.

Around 350 Eid Milad-un-Nabi processions were taken out from different parts of Rawalpindi. The main procession of Milad-un-Nabi started in the morning from Jamia Masjid road which passed through its traditional route, circular road, Waris Khan, Murree road, Committee Chowk, Iqbal road, Fowara Chowk, Raja Bazaar and other areas.

Besides, the biggest processions appeared from Sihala, Gorakh Pure, Adiala Road, Pirwadhai, Fauji Colony, Tench Bhatta, Dhamiyal, Peoples Colony, Tipu Road, Chungi No22, Gulzar-e-Quaid, Sadiqabad, Muslim Town, Kuri Road, Shakriyal, Khanna Dak, Golra Sharif, Mehrabad, Chur, Allahabad, Khayaban-e-Sir Syed, Waris Khan, Banni, Rawat, Soan, Dhoke Juma, Dhoke Kalhoor, Bakra Mandi, Baraf Khana and Morgah.  After passing through Circular Road, Waris Khan, Murree Road, Committee Chowk, Iqbal Road, Fowara Chowk and Raja Bazaar the procession ended at central Jamia Masjid Rawalpindi.

Similarly, dozens of big and small processions appeared from other localities of Rawalpindi. Buses, wagons, cars, motorcycles, cycles, rickshaws, trucks and cars were included in the processions while thousands of faithful were on their feet (pedestrians) to show love with Holy Prophet (PBUH).

The district government had allowed 65 registered “sabeels” at different points that were arranged under the supervision of police and the City Peace Committee (CPC) for the participants of the processions.

All the routes of the processions of Eid Milad-un-Nabi had been cleared while no person was allowed to stand on rooftops of the buildings along the routes. Section 144 was imposed in the city to ensure the security of the faithful while there was a ban on pillion riding. The mobile phone service was also suspended from 10 am to 8 pm.

The participants of the processions passed through walkthrough gates to avoid any untoward incident.

A number of other programmes were also held to celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi to show love with Holy Prophet (PBUH). Mahafil-e-Milad and public meetings were held and people enthusiastically participated in the programmes organised by different local, religious and social organisations.

Religious scholars and Ulema in their special sermons highlighted the significance of the occasion and asked the people to follow the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (SAW) to achieve success in life and the life after death.

All the roads, streets and main buildings in the twin cities were decorated with colourful lights and buntings.  The Capital Development Authority (CDA) had also made special arrangements for illuminating the Parliament House, Cabinet Block, Secretariat Buildings, Foreign Office, CDA Office, Fire Headquarters and landmark buildings in its administrative control.