Girls participate in a celebration on birthday of the Prophet Mahammad (PBUH), in Karachi, on October 19, 2021. Image Credit: AP

Islamabad: Pakistanis celebrated Eid Milad un Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), with enthusiasm and devotion on Tuesday.

Houses, streets, shops and government buildings have been adorned with colourful lights to commemorate the occasion.

The day began with a 31-gun salute in the capital city of Islamabad and a 21-gun salute in the four provincial capitals of the country.

Eid Milad un Nabi, called Eid Al Mawlid Al Nabawi in Arabic, is celebrated in the Muslim world on the 12th day of Rabi Al Awwal. In Pakistan, the landmarks and streets were lit up for the festive occasion while special prayers and events were arranged at homes and mosques to remember the teachings of Prophet Mohammad.

The distribution of sweets and food is one of the principal traditions of the day. Different sweets especially zarda (coloured sweet rice) is cooked on the occasion and shared with neighbours and the underprivileged people.

Pakistan’s government this year announced plans for a massive celebration on the occasion. President Dr Arif Alvi urged the nation to follow in the footsteps of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) which, he said, was the key to success in both this world and the hereafter.

Addressing a conference in Islamabad, President Alvi emphasized the need for promoting unity based on the teachings of the Prophet who is “a beacon of light for us and provides guidance on every aspect of life.” Pakistan’s president also announced a special remission for 90 days in sentences for prisoners except those convicted of heinous crimes.

In his special message, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that Prophet Mohammad’s birth brought a revolution in every aspect of human society, broke the system of oppression in the world and opened the doors of welfare. Prophet Mohammad laid the foundation of Riyasat-e-Madina which emerged as an unparalleled example of humanity, justice, and rule of law, he said. PM Khan also requested the parents to teach the kids the moral values of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

He said the government established Rahmat tulil Aalameen Authority to inform the people about the teachings of the Prophet, provide guidance to youth and take measures to counter Islamophobia.