Every year, on the 12th of the Islamic month Rabi’ al-Awwal Muslims around the world celebrate the Prophet’s birthday. The celebration is known as the Milad-un-Nabi or Mawlid al-Nabawi.
Eid-e-Milad is celebrated in most Muslim countries with processions on streets and decorations on homes and mosques. While the day is widely celebrated in India and Pakistan, it is not celebrated in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Special conferences, events and Mahafil-e-Naat are arranged to pay homage to the last messenger of Allah whose whole life and teachings are beacon of light for the entire humanity.
This year many social organizations across India have appealed for DJ and Sound system free processions. Pune’s famous Sufi Shrine Baba Jaan Dargah member while distributing the free snacks at MG Road informed theShahab.com that only 25% to 30% procession adhered to this appeal.
Baug-e-Madina Muttahid social organization, Solapur volunteers while following the ‘Swatch Bharat’ campaign, have collected all the garbage littered on the road after the procession was over.
Apart from these processions, blood donation camps, free snacks distributions have been arranged at several locations in the country.
Karnataka witnessed a colorful Milad procession in Belagavi where youths and children grabbed the attention with their attire forming artistic tableaux.
The festival did not start until Saturday because the moon was not sighted until later. Many people gathered along the streets of Kolkata in West Bengal to chant religious slogans during the annual festival.
In Kashmir, people thronged the Hazratbal Shrine, which houses a relic of the prophet, to offer prayers on Friday. Milad processions were taken out in several parts of the Valley without any untoward incidents.
President Ram Nath Kovind extended his wishes to all the fellow citizens in a tweet,
On the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, the Prophet’s birthday, good wishes to all fellow citizens, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters in India and abroad #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) December 2, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his tweet greeted the nation while praying for the harmony in the society,
Greetings on Id-E-Milad. May the teachings of Prophet Mohammad further the spirit of harmony in our society. https://t.co/DpGJI8BZUN
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 2, 2017
Congress President Sonia Gandhi also greeted the nation saying, “May the festival of Milad-un-Nabi bring peace, prosperity and happiness to all.”