Hyderabad, March 10 (IANS) Traditional festivity and religious fervour marked Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed, in Hyderabad and other parts of Andhra Pradesh Tuesday.
Public meetings and rallies were held where speakers exhorted Muslims to strictly follow 'seerat-e-tayyaba' or the holy life of the Prophet. Feeding of the poor was organised by individuals and organisations to mark the occasion.
Muslims also celebrated the day cooking special dishes.
Mosques, shops and houses were illuminated and decorated in the Muslim-majority old city of Hyderabad and parts of Secunderabad. Green flags were seen on buildings, traffic signals, lamp posts and high-rise structures.
'Naat-e-shareef' or poems in praise of the Prophet were played over loudspeakers. Holding green flags, youngsters took out motorbike rallies and raised slogans of 'Allah-o-Akbar' or God is great.
Muslims account for 40 percent of Hyderabad's seven million population.
Thousands attended the annual 'Jalsa-e-Rahmatullilalameen' organised by the Majlis-e-Tameer-e-Millat at the sprawling Exhibition Grounds in the heart of the city Tuesday. The Sunni United Forum of India, comprising several religious organisations, celebrated the occasion as 'peace day' and took out a procession from the historic Mecca Masjid.
The Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) also organised a massive meeting at Darussalam, the party headquarters, Monday night.
Milad was also celebrated in other parts of the state, especially in towns like Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Warangal and Adilabad.
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