KARACHI: The Sindh government has announced a public holiday on 12th Rabi-ul -Awal for the religious occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi.
A notification issued by the Home Department states that Friday, October 30, will be a holiday across the province.
Muslims around the world celebrate the birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), known in Arabic as the Mawlid al-Nabawi holiday and locally as Eid Milad-un-Nabi, on the 12th of Rabi-ul-Awal, which is the third month in the Islamic lunar calendar.
The event is celebrated in almost all Islamic countries and in other countries that have a significant Muslim population. The only exceptions are Qatar and Saudi Arabia where it is not an official public holiday.
Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnat Pakistan Karachi chief Syed Shah Abdul Haq Qadri on Thursday said the 12th Rabiul Awal’s procession would emerge from the New Memon Masjid in Boulton Market at 3pm on October 30 and would culminate at the Nishtar Park after passing through M.A. Jinnah Road.
Addressing a press conference, Qadri said that as per the tradition, Eid Milad-un-Nabi would be celebrated with religious zeal and tradition. He said religious scholars and spiritual leaders would lead the procession and address the participants of the procession at the Nishtar Park.
He urged law enforcement agencies to provide foolproof security for the Rabi-ul-Awal procession. They requested the Karachi commissioner and other district administrators to complete the arrangements for the procession.
They also requested the city’s municipality to carry out road renovation work, install lights and ensure cleanliness around mosques and places where programmes related to Eid Milad-un-Nabi would be held. They appealed to the opposition parties to postpone their rallies and gathering.