President Alvi urges nation to follow in footsteps of Holy Prophet as country celebrates Eid Miladun NabiArchive
President Dr Arif Alvi has congratulated Pakistan on the occasion of Eid Miladun Nabi and urged the nation to follow in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) as the country marked the day with traditional zeal and fervour on Tuesday.
The day's celebrations began with a 31-gun salute in Islamabad and a 21-gun salute in all the provincial capitals.
Special prayers were offered in mosques across the country, following Mehfil-i-Naat and conferences held last night.
In his message, President Alvi said that following Prophet Muhammad's example was the key to success in both the world and the hereafter.
"The only solution to the problems being faced by the Muslim ummah, including chaos, oppression and injustice is following the seerat," he said.
The president also appreciated the government's "exemplary efforts to make Pakistan a welfare state in line with Riyasat-e-Madina".
"We need to gain knowledge of seerat in order to understand the true concept of Islam," he added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the occasion would be celebrated in a "befitting manner" and announced a schedule of events for the day.
Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid extended his congratulations to the entire Muslim world on the auspicious occasion and said he was "proud" to be a follower of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
He said the Prophet had laid the basis for a society free of "religious, linguistic, social and economic prejudices" and only by following his example could a better society be built.
Prime Minister Imran had on Saturday urged the nation to celebrate the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a befitting and unprecedented manner.
He said Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was a great leader in the history of the world. "The great quality of a leader is that he brings together humans and does not spread hate," he added.
"So I want all Pakistanis to fully participate in the celebrations of 12 Rabiul Awwal," he said, adding the celebrations of this year should be unprecedented in the history of Pakistan.
"My message to the people is that everybody should take part in the celebrations," the premier said and asked the whole nation, including media, minorities and others to participate in the celebrations.
State and religious organisations, milad committees and individuals have planned a number of activities including processions, seminars and conferences to mark the annual event.
Distribution of sweets and food has also been planned in markets, schools, colleges, orphanages and among disabled and handicapped persons.
In Islamabad, the main procession will be taken out from Bhutto Cricket Ground near Sitara Market in the capital's G-7 sector. Numerous small processions will join the main one.
Local milad committees have chalked out a comprehensive plan to take out processions across the country.
Streets and roads, as well as bazaars, shopping centres, government and private buildings have been beautifully decorated and illuminated with lights, colours and banners.
Many vendors have set up colourful stalls with a unique collection of badges, stickers, flags, and banners inscribed with religious slogans to pay respect to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Federal and provincial governments have prepared contingency security plans with coordination of other law enforcement agencies to guard the processions and other events to be held on the day.