Ral­lies and lec­tures mark Eid- e-Mi­lad

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - An Eid-e-Mi­lad rally at Vashi. Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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