ISLAMABAD, Dec 24 (APP): Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) was celebrated  across the country and Azad Jammu and Kashmir Thursday with religious reverence and fervour.

Processions were taken out and Milad gatherings were held to mark the occasion. Speakers shed light on the Holy Prophet (PBUH)’s life and teachings. They exhorted the people to mould their lives in accordance with the Seerah un Nabi (way and life of the Holy Prophet PBUH).

Major mosques in cities and towns were tastefully illuminated.

District administrations, government and private organisations had also made elaborate arrangements for illumination and decoration of buildings and parks.

The government had declared the day a public holiday.

The annual National Seerah Conference was held in the federal capital to highlight the teachings and Seerah of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him). Grand Mufti of Turkey Rahmi Yaran was the chief guest.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in their messages, called upon the nation to resolve all issues through reconciliation and dialogue in keeping with the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

The Prime Minister said: “Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) described all Muslims as a single body. Our survival and progress lie in consensus, unity and consultation.

“Our Prophet gave us all the highest standards of teachings that can be required and also demonstrated all that through his acts. He did not ask for anything which he did not act upon.”

Security also remained on high alert in order to avoid any untoward incident on the occasion.

Administrations of Islamabad and Rawalpindi had made elaborate security arrangements for Eid Milad un Nabi celebrations.  Leaves of Rescue 1122 officials and police were cancelled.

A number of temporary stalls were set up in many streets across the towns where the sale of badges, stickers and flags was going on.

As a tradition, Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) processions were brought out in all areas of the capital city. The central procession started from Masjid Al Raza, Khadda Market and passed through Saddar Road, Habib Market, Service Road Kulsoom Plaza, Fazal-e-Haq Road to Imambargah, Luqman Hakeem Road, CDA Hospital, Shuhada Chowk, Razia Sharif Plaza, GPO to Melody Chowk, Aabpara Chowk to Suharwardy Road, Seventh Avenue, Chand Tara Chowk and Dhokri Chowk to Kadhmir Highway.

The procession of Bhara Kahu was culminated at Jamia Mosque Shama-e-Rasalat.

Sabeels of milk and soft drinks were set up along the routes of the Milaad processions in the city. Cooked food was also distributed among the people including the poor, orphan and downtrodden.

Different committees organized Naat competitions to mark the day.

Over 400 Eid-i-Milad-un-Nabi processions were taken out from different parts of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

In Rawalpindi, the main procession started in the morning from Jamia Masjid Road which passed through its traditional route, Circular Road, Waris Khan, Murree Road, Committee Chowk, Iqbal Road, Fowara Chowk, Raja Bazaar, Sihala, Gorakh Pure, Adiala Road, Pirwadhai and other areas.