Mumbai/Hyderabad, November 20: Muslims in most parts of the world, including India, will embrace the 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal post sunset -- the date marking the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The day is celebrated as Eid Milad un Nabi or Eid-e-Milad, also referred to as Mawlid in the West.
Minority pockets in cities across India come to light on the occasion of Milad. Among those which standout are the Matia Mahal locality in Delhi, Old City in Hyderabad, Aminabad Park in Lucknow and Bhendi Bazaar/Mohammed Ali Road in Mumbai. Eid-e-Milad Procession to be Taken Out Under Drone Surveillance in Lucknow.
In Hyderabad, the celebrations are spearheaded by the All India Majlis-e-Tameer-e-Millat, which organises a public event at Nizam ground to recall and commemorate the values preached by the Prophet. Across the Old City, naats are played on loudspeakers; mosques and dargahs are decorated.
In Lucknow, overnight congregations are planned - beginning post night prayers today and ending at dawn tomorrow. The congregations, aimed at enlightening Muslim believers with teachings of the Prophet, will be held at Islamia College, Lalbagh, Aminabad Park and Chowk Mandi.
In Mumbai, the areas of Pydhonie, Dongri, Bhendi Bazaar, Nagpada and parts of Byculla have been lit up with special decorations on the occasion of Milad. Here are some of the images from prominent Muslim localities in the city:
All flags Eid Milad, Flag makers in Mumbai are minting money pic.twitter.com/29ON2Ig06Q
— Mumbai || Paused (@SloganMurugan) January 5, 2015
MUMBAI : EID MILAD PICS pic.twitter.com/q625WY6n
— Irshad (@irrshad_khan) January 25, 2013
— shaikh ahmed (@shaikhahmed17) December 3, 2017
The Juloos-e-Madhe-Sahaba - a procession taken out in Muslim-dominated localities as part of the Eid-e-Milad celebrations - will be witnessed tomorrow in most cities where the minority community forms a sizeable section of the population. In Lucknow this year, the procession will be taken out under drone surveillance to prevent any untoward incident.