The city donned a festive look on Sunday as green buntings decorated streets while the young and old took out rallies and processions to mark Milad-un Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed. There was a rise in the number of youngsters participating in the activities this year, several elders revealed. And unlike last year when the day clashed with Hanuman Jayanthi, this time the festivities went on peacefully without any major disturbance.
“The essence of the occasion is service to humanity. For the past six years, we have been organizing rallies to Gandhi Hospital and some homes of the aged, disabled and orphanages. Participants distribute fruits to the people. Today’s rally saw a good turnout, much more than the previous years,” Syed Salman, preist, Masjid-e Saleheen, said.
Elaborating on the spirit behind the festival, Syed Kaleem Ahmed of the organisation Tameer-e Millat said, “On this day, religious talks and speeches are delivered which are centered on the Prophet’s life and his preachings.” Tameer-e Millat which is known to organise one of the biggest jalsas in the city held the event at the Nizam College grounds on Sunday. “This was the 62nd jalsa where over 10,000 people gathered to attend the talks by eminent personalities. It began at 8.30 am and went on till the afternoon prayer,” said Syed Kaleem Ahmed.
For many others in the city, celebrations began on Saturday night itself as Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) organised a jalsa at their headquarters in Darussalam which started at 8.30 pm on Saturday and went on till 3 am on Sunday. Muslims turned up in thousands at the venue. Ahmed Pasha Quadri of MIM said, “After the jalsa, we also organised a Naatiya Mushaira (a gathering of poets where verses extolling virtues of Prophet Mohammed are recited) at the same venue on Sunday evening.” Apart from the jalsas, two major processions from Charminar to Haj House and Mecca Masjid to Moghalpura playgrounds respectively were the highlights of the day. The former was organised by Sunni Daawat-e-Islami and the latter by Sunni United Front of India (SUFI) which is an umbrella organisation with around 40 smaller organisations under it. Around 30,000 members of various organisations from different parts of the Old City gathered at Mecca Masjid at 11.45 am and proceeded to Moghalpura playgrounds in a rally.
While thousands participated in these large events, others celebrated in their own way. Some youngsters took to their bikes and cars, waving flags and shouting slogans on the streets, and a few like Mohammed Parvez and his friends set up a sharbat stall at the Rasoolpura signal and offered glasses of the refreshing drink to passersby. Manish Kumar Sinha, DCP, South Zone, said, “A lot of people participated in the rallies and other activities this year. There were no disturbances. We had instructed organisers of events not to disturb the traffic and not to hold the jalsas in mixed communities. Also, we have asked them to take down all the flags, buntings and illumination on Monday night.” Toi