Staff Reporter Islamabad
President Dr Arif Alvi has congratulated Pakistan on the occasion of Eid Miladun Nabi and urged the nation to follow in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) as the country marked the day with traditional zeal and fervour on Tuesday.
The day’s celebrations began with a 31-gun salute in Islamabad and a 21-gun salute in all the provincial capitals.
Special prayers were offered in mosques across the country, following Mehfil-i-Naat and conferences held last night.
In his message, President Alvi said that following Prophet Muhammad’s example was the key to success in both the world and the hereafter.
“The only solution to the problems being faced by the Muslim ummah, including chaos, oppression and injustice is following the seerat,” he said.
The president also appreciated the government’s “exemplary efforts to make Pakistan a welfare state in line with Riyasat-e-Madina”.
“We need to gain knowledge of seerat in order to understand the true concept of Islam,” he added. Prime Minister Imran Khan said Prophet Muhammad’s birth brought a revolution in every aspect of human society, broke the system of oppression in the world and opened the doors of welfare.
“Rabiul Awwal is a month when the creator of the universe sent Prophet Muhammad as a guide for the success of humanity in this world and hereafter.”
The premier said it was the effect of the Prophet’s arrival that the Arab tribes who were victims of internal chaos for centuries emerged as a nation.
The rights of women were protected, slaves were given respect in society, and orphans and needy people got protection, he added.
He said Prophet Muhammad laid the foundation of Riyasat-e-Madina which emerged as an example for others in terms of humanity, justice, and rule of law.
In that state system, minorities were protected, poor and needy were taken care of and rights and obligations of the state and citizens were determined, the premier noted.
He said the government had formed the Rehmatul-lil-Aalameen Authority to apprise the people and the world about the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad.
The authority will research the individual and collective aspects of the life of Prophet Muhammad and make the world familiar with the Islamic revolution, he said. “The authority will make the world aware of the respect that Muslims give to Prophet Muhammad and will take steps for stopping Islamophobia.
“On this auspicious day, I want to appeal especially to the parents to tell their children about the different aspects of the moral values espoused by Prophet Muhammad during education and character building.