ISLAMABAD: The faithful on Sunday celebrated Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAWW) with religious zeal, fervour and a commitment to promote brotherhood and a welfare society as enshrined in the teachings of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
Rallies were taken out and congregations held to mark the day (12th of Rabi-ul-Awwal) and enlighten the followers of the Last Prophet (PBUH) with his teachings and practices.
Ulema and scholars addressed the gatherings across the country as cities and towns were tastefully decorated to celebrate the event in a befitting manner.
The day dawned with special prayers for development, peace, unity and brotherhood among the followers of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) as well as a 31-gun salute in the Federal Capital and 21-gun salutes at the provincial headquarters.
It was a public holiday and special security arrangements were made to maintain law and order across the country on this occasion.
President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, and other leaders had issued separate messages in connection with the day. They urged the Ummah and the Pakistani nation to forge unity as taught by the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) to fight the present day challenges.
Quran Khawani was held at Aiwan-e-Sadr and prayers were offered for solidarity and salvage of the Ummah and the Pakistani nation.
Main event of the day was the annual National Seerat Conference where Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani reiterated that peace and security in the world can only be attained by following the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
The Prime Minister said the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is the only way for a better life in this world and hereafter and urged to follow his teachings of tolerance, understanding and respect for humanity.
Newspapers and magazines published special supplements, while television channels and radio stations arranged special `Naatia Mushairas' and quiz programmes on Seerat-e-Mustafa (PBUH). Mahafil-e-Milad were held across the country and actively participated by a large number of people.
Special security arrangements were made in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Karachi, Lahore, Quetta, Peshawar and other major cities and towns across the country to thwart any untoward incident.
Conferences were also held at provincial, divisional and district headquarters to pay respect and homage to the Last Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). (APP)