Holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi, the birthday of Great Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), was observed across the country on Friday (Oct 30) with due religious solemnity.
On this day in 570 AD, the 12th of Rabiul Awal of the Hijri calendar, the final Prophet of Islam was born in Makkah with divine blessings and messages of peace for mankind. He also passed away on the same day in 632.
The day is a public holiday in Bangladesh. Muslims across the country joined special prayers marking the day.
Different government and non-government organisations, including the Islamic Foundation, held elaborate programmes.
President Md. Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of Miladunnabi, greeting the countrymen and Muslims across the world.
Marking the day, the Islamic Foundation took a fortnight-long special programme.
The programme includes delivering sermons on the life and works of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) after Maghrib and Isha prayers every day, recitation from the holy Quran, singing of Islamic songs, recitation of poems and organising seminars jointly with Bangladesh Betar.
Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Bangladesh Radio also aired special programmes highlighting the importance of the day.
Meanwhie, President Hamid hosted a Milad Mehfil at the Durbar Hall of Bangabhaban on the occasion of holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi.
Family members of the President and Bangabhaban’s civil and military officials and other employees attended the programme, held after Asr prayers in a limited scale and maintaining social distancing due to Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Pesh Imam of Bangabhaban Jame Mosque Maulana Saiful Kabir conducted the Munajat after the Milad Mehfil, local media reported.
Munajat was offered seeking divine blessings for peace and prosperity of the country, welfare of the people and greater unity of the Muslim Ummah across the world.
Special doa was offered to get relief from coronavirus. Allah’s blessings were sought for the recovery of the coronavirus patients and keeping Bangladesh as well as world safe from the deadly virus.
On the occasion, long life and sound health of President Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were sought to the Almighty Allah.
A special munajat was offered seeking eternal peace of the souls of Bangabandhu and other martyrs of Aug 15 massacre and different democratic movements, including the 1971 Liberation War and 1952 Language Movement.
Senior Bangabhaban officials – military secretary Major General SM Shamim-Uz-Zaman, press secretary Md Joynal Abedin and secretary (attached) Md Wahidul Islam Khan, among others, took part in the programme.