Dhaka: Bangladeshis on Wednesday celebrated
Milad-un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad with
tens of thousands of people joining special prayers and
colourful street marches to mark his advent 1441 years ago.
The marchers paraded the city thoroughfares carrying
banners as horse mounted escorts paved ways for them while the
streets decorated with national flags and colourful festoons
inscribed with `Allahu Akbar` to mark the day called
Eid-e-Miladunnabi in Bangladesh.
It was a public holiday in the country and newspaper
offices also remained closed while President Zillur Rahman,
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and main opposition Bangladesh
Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khalida Zia issued statements
greeting the countrymen and the Muslims across the world on
They sought divine blessings for peace in social and
individual lives and Muslim brotherhood and world peace
recalling the life, teachings and the example of the Prophet
In one of the major events, leading spiritual
personality Alhaj Syed Moinuddin Ahmed Al Hasani Maizbhandari
led the prayers at Dhaka’s Engineers Institution auditorium.
"The Rabi-al-Awwal (the Prophet`s birthday) is a
source of spirit of peace, fraternity and unity...this spirit
has a bearing on freedom and welfare by uprooting al sorts of
evils," Maizbhandari said.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private TV
channels and radio stations aired special programmes, while
newspapers published special articles highlighting the
significance of the day.