Bhubaneswar, Oct 19: Today Milad-un-Nabi is being celebrated in India. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the celebrations were a low-key affair. The faithful observed the festival by offering prayers at local mosques early in the morning.
Muslims across the country celebrate the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad which falls on the 12th day of the Islamic Hijri month of Rabi’ al-Awwal.
The festival is observed by many Muslims from the Sufi or the Barelvi school of thought. It is also known as Un-Nabi by the name of E-Milad, Nabi Day, Mohammad’s birthday or the Prophet’s birthday.
First celebrated as an official festival in Egypt, the celebrations of Eid-e-Milad became more popular during the 11th century.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday greeted the country on the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad celebrated as Eid-Milad-un-Nabi.
President Kovind said, “Good wishes to all fellow citizens, especially to our Muslim brothers and sisters on Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad. Let us take inspiration from Prophet’s life and ideas and work for the prosperity of society and promotion of peace and harmony in the country.”
Prime Minister Modi, too, greeted the country on Milad-un-Nabi. “Let there be peace and prosperity all around. May the virtues of kindness and brotherhood always prevail. Eid Mubarak!”
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wished the people of the country on the occasion of Eid. “My best wishes on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi. May we be guided by the spirit of compassion, peace, and brotherhood.”