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- Thursday, January 24, 2013 - From Print Edition


MADINA MUNAWWARA: Inspiring and soul-stirring scenes were witnessed when lakhs of Muslims from across the world visited the mausoleum of the Prophet of Islam (SAW) to pay homage with reference to 12th Rabiul Awwal.


In the last two days, a record number of Muslims pilgrims from Pakistan, Iran, India, Bangladesh, the Gulf States, European countries and from all over the world visited Madina Munawwara.


According to Saudi officials, this was the biggest congregation ever of pilgrims to Haramain-al-Sharifain after the opening of Umra visa. Lakhs of pilgrims visited Madina Munawwara to pay their tributes to the personality who gave the universal message of Islam, humanity, love and peace.


There were lakhs of pilgrims in the precincts of the Holy Mosque between the Maghreb and Asr prayers that included a large number of Pakistanis. Muslims from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Egypt, and Jordan paid homage to the Holy Prophet (SAW) in their native languages.


They all recited Naats. The Pakistani community in Madina Munawwara feted the poor with good food. In Saudi Arabia, the 12th of Rabiul Awwal falls today (Thursday) and hundreds of thousands of Muslims were present in the Holy Mosque with reference to the day since the Maghreb prayers on Wednesday.