Rallies and lectures mark Eid- e-Milad
Muslims in the city marked Eid- e- Milad, the celebrations to observe the birth of Prophet Mohammed on Thursday, with rallies, religious lectures, helping the poor and spreading the message of peace and communal harmony.
A massive rally was organised from Turbhe store which wound its way through Turbhe, Vashi, Kopar Khairane and culminated at the Hazrat Mehmood Shah dargah in Ghansoli. Similar rallies were organised all over the city, including Airoli and Nerul.
Trucks and motorcycles bedecked in green flags with large cutouts of the mosque of the Holy Prophet in Medina, had the devotees mostly dressed in traditional clothes, raising slogans and reciting couplets in praise of the Holy Prophet.
Food and juices were also distributed along the way to everyone by several organisations. Niyazi brothers organised a ‘sabeel’ distribution programme at Vashi.
Nizam Shaikh who heads Eid-e-Milad Garib Nawaz Yuva Committee said, “We arrange for special sharbat and food on this day for the past several years. This is meant not just for the Muslims but everyone in the region.”
Afsar Imam, founder president of Rabta Social Welfare Educational Association, said, “This day is the perfect day to preach communal harmony and peace. That is what our Holy Prophet taught us. We can be good Muslims only if we are good to our neighbours irrespective of what religion or caste he belongs to.”
Imam said, “The meaning of this day is for people to introspect and look for a way to become better human beings.”
Corporator Munawwar Patel, said, “During Milad- un- Nabi gatherings we remember, discuss and celebrate the advent of the Holy Prophet’s birth and his teachings.”
The many activities include night- long prayer meetings, marches and parades involving large crowds, lighting up mosques and homes, distribution of meals to all, meetings to listen to stories and poems (naats) about the Holy Prophet’s life, deeds and teachings.”