Hyderabad, Nov 10 (IANS) Milad-ub-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad, passed off peacefully in Hyderabad and other parts of Telangana on Sunday amid tight security.
Police had deployed additional forces in communally sensitive old city of Hyderabad in the wake of Saturday’s Supreme Court verdict in Ayodhya title case.
Personnel of Rapid Action Force and City Armed Reserve were deployed near historic Makkah Masjid and other parts of the old city to maintain law and order.
Hundreds of youth participated in the processions across the city, holding green flags and raising slogans in the praise of the Prophet. The main procession was held near historic Charminar.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Avinash Mohanty said no untoward incident was reported. He said the police kept a tight vigil to maintain peace and communal harmony.
Processions, meetings, feeding of the poor, and blood donation camps marked the festival, celebrated with gaiety and fervour.
The old city and other Muslim-majority areas in the city were decked up with huge flags, festoons, banners, welcome arches and lighting.
Various religious organisations held meetings to highlight the message of the Prophet and organised ‘Mahfil-e-Milad’ or special gatherings in praise of the Prophet to mark the occasion.
Hundreds attended the annual meeting organised by the Majlis-e-Tameer-e-Millat, the socio-religious organisation, at the Exhibition Ground.
Religious scholars and community leaders exhorted Muslims to strictly follow the holy life of the Prophet for the success in this world and hereafter.
The 70th annual ‘Jalsa’ or meeting organised by the Majlis-e-Tameer-e-Millat was addressed by international Islamic preacher Maulana Kaleem Siddiqui, Maulana Syed Ashhad Rasheedi and Maulana Mufti Sanaul Huda Qasmi.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) organised its annual ‘Jalsa’ at party headquarters Darussalam on Friday night. AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi and prominent religious leaders addressed the gathering.
Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan and Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao greeted Muslims on the Milad.
“The life of the Prophet has been an inspiring saga of love, brotherhood and virtue to the mankind. The Prophet’s mission is fulfilled when we serve our fellowmen with faith, trust, care and compassion,” said Soundararajan.
She hoped the birthday of the Prophet ushers in peace and goodwill.
Chief Minister Chandrashekhar Rao hoped that Muslim brethren will follow the noble teachings of the Prophet and live harmoniously.