Eid-e-Milad celebrated in Andhra Pradesh

March 21st, 2008 - 3:39 pm ICT by admin  

Hyderabad, March 21 (IANS) Eid-e-Milad un Nabi is being celebrated in Hyderabad and other parts of Andhra Pradesh Friday with traditional festivity and religious fervour. Special prayers, public meetings, rallies and feeding of poor people marked the Eid, the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed.

Mosques, shops and houses were illuminated and decorated in the Muslim-majority old city of Hyderabad and parts of Secunderabad. Various crossings and streets were decked with green flags even as ‘naat-e-shareef’ or poems in praise of the Prophet were played on loudspeakers.

The celebrations were special this year as Eid-e-Milad coincided with Friday. The imams, during their sermons, spoke at length on the holy life of the Prophet and urged Muslims to follow his footsteps for success in this world and beyond.

Holding green flags in their hands, youths were seen going around some areas in groups amid slogans of ‘Allah-o-Akbar’ or God is great.

Muslim businessmen and residents’ associations arranged to feed the poor at several places in the state capital, where Muslims account for 40 percent of the seven million residents.

Massive public meetings were also held on the occasion where the speakers exhorted people not to deviate from the path shown by Prophet Mohammed.

Thousands of people attended the annual ‘Jalsa-e-Rahmatullilalameen’ organized by Majlis-e-Tameer-e-Millat at the sprawling Exhibition Grounds at Nampally in the heart of the city Friday morning.

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), the Muslim political party with a strong mass base in the old city, also organised a massive meeting at Darussalam, the party headquarters, Thursday night.

MIM president and former MP Syed Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi said the true followers of Prophet Mohammed could never be terrorists.

Various mosques and madrassas also organized meetings to mark the occasion.

There were also reports of celebrations from towns like Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Warangal and Adilabad.

Muslims constitute nine percent of the state’s 77 million population.

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