DODA, Dec 1: Eid-e-Milad, the birthday of the holy Prophet Mohammad was celebrated with enthusiasm and religious fervour here today.
Thousands of Muslims including young and old converged at the Jamia Masjid in the town and took out a procession raising purely Islamic slogans and reciting Naats.
Imam Jamia Masjid and chairman Markaazi Seerat Committee Doda Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy led the procession.
The procession after passing through the main road of the town culminated at Eid Gah ground where speakers delivered lectures on the life and teachings of the holy Prophet.
Moulana Abdul Subhan Nadvi, an erudite Islamic scholar and faculty member at the prestigious Islamic seminary Lucknow was the main speaker on the occasion while other speakers included Saidullah Shad Faridabadi and Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy.
Calling upon the Muslims to follow the teachings of Quran and Hadith in their entirety, Moulana Abdul Subhan lamented that unity among the followers of Islam has suffered due to sectarian and ideological divide.
“We are increasingly being splintered into separate entities which is deleterious to the community as a whole. We must adhere to the tenets of Quran wholeheartedly and keep the flame of love and brotherhood burning. The message of the Prophet is the word of Allah,” said the Moulana adding that any deviation from the path set by the Prophet amounts to distancing from the creator.
Quoting extensively from the Quran and the Hadith the Moulana urged upon the gathering that firmness in faith makes one a perfect human being without hatred to none.
“We must take a leaf from the Holy life of the Prophet and treat other communities also as the children of Allah and have cordial relations with them,” he said.
Earlier, the gathering offered salute to the green Islamic flag and sang in chorus the Islamic anthem. On the occasion the main market of the town was decorated with buntings and Milad greeting hoardings.
Meanwhile Milad procession was also taken out at Kishtwar with religious fervour.
The procession started from the Jamia Masjid and after passing through the main road offered Fateha at the shrine of Shah Asrar-ud-Din Baghdadi at the head of sprawling Chowgan.
From the shrine the procession snarled to the shrine of Shah Farid-ud-Din Baghdadi where salute was offered to the green Islamic flag marked with crescent. The Milad procession at Kishtwar was led by Imam Jamia Masji Moulana Farooq Ahmed Kitchloo.
At Bhaderwah, the Milad procession commenced from Jamia Masjid and after passing through the market it ended at the same spot where the Islamic flag was hoisted amid Islamic slogans with the message of peace, brotherhood, and unity amongst the people irrespective of caste and creed.