Eid-e-Milaadun Nabi Celebrated in North California
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali

Eid-e-Milaadun Nabi was celebrated with great enthusiasm and solemnity in Northern California last month with special gatherings in a number of towns.

To celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), Jama’at Ahle Sunnat organized a procession in Sacramento on February 12. It began at the immigration office and ended at the Capitol where religious leaders addressed the gathering. The participants were carrying banners and chanting religious slogans.

Among those who addressed the gathering were Mufti Mohammad Iqbal Chishti, Maulana Abdul Rehman Faiz, Qari Bashir Ahmad Sialvi, Maulana Mohammad Amin Noman, Maulana Hafiz Mohammad Naseer Ahmed Qadri Attari, Qari Mohammad Amir Chishti, Qari Mohammad Tayyab Chishti and Maulana Mohammad Yahya Attari. Many of the speakers specially flew from Pakistan to participate in the Milaad procession which is now organized every year by the Jama’at Ahle Sunnat.

A number of Na’at khawans mesmerized the audience with their presentations of Na’ats. The Na’at Khanws included Chaudhry Nazeer Ahmed, Shahid Hussain and Mohammad Nadeem.

The program ended with a ‘langar’ (food) for the participants.

A major Milaad gathering was held on February 11 in Yuba City. Mufti Muneebur Rehman, Chairman of Pakistan’s Roet-e-Hilal Committee and Mufti Mohammad Iqbal Chishti were the main speakers while well-known Na’at Khawan Ghulam Murtuza Naqeebi recited na’ats.

A Milaad gathering was also held at the Stockton Memorial Civic Center in Stockton on February 19. Maulana Mufti Mohammad Chisti flew from Lahore to attend this event.

Another major Milaad gathering was held on February 18 at the Woodland Mosque’s spacious community hall in Woodland. Prominent religious speaker Aamir Liaquat was the main speaker at the event which drew a large crowd from nearby towns.

Milaad gatherings were also held in a number of other towns that included Fremont, Lodi, San Jose and San Remon.



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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