LAHORE – Through active participation in the family Milad March, held under the banner of Minhaj-ul-Quran on Sunday, people welcomed the holy month of Rabi-ul-Awwal in a style. People belonging to every age group zealously took part in two marches simultaneously held in Lahore and Karachi.

In Lahore, the Milad March started from Nasir Bagh and concluded at Data Darbar. Large participation of people demonstrated their extreme love for the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The entire venue from Nasir Bagh to Data Darbar was decorated with welcoming banners, flags and multi-colour balloons. The people, on the way, kept on offering greetings and salutations on the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Men were walking on one side of the road, while on the other side were women and children. Children released hundreds of pigeons to welcome the advent of Rabi-ul-Awwal. Balloons of very colours were also released in the open space.

Addressing the gathering through video conferencing, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said that the blessed month was a month of peace, love, happiness and harmony. He said that this holy month provided rare opportunity to the faithful to get blessings and spiritual rewards. He further said that the arrangement of Milad conferences, Milad caravans and marches and other related celebrations strengthened the faith of the Muslims besides affording them an opportunity to revive their weakening relationship with their revered Prophet (PBUH).

Commenting on the prevailing state of affairs, he said that the people of Pakistan were faced with numerous problems. There was scarcity of necessities of life and restlessness, and anxiety was ruling the roost. He said that the materialism had taken away happiness from the people. He said that respect for relationships was on the wane and worship was fast becoming a ritual shorn of any substance. Tahir-ul-Qadri said that if the people of Pakistan wanted to get rid of these crises, they must follow the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) in letter and spirit. He said that establishment of spiritual and emotional relationship with the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was important to reform individual lives. He said that when the followers establish personal relationship with their beloved Prophet (PBUH), it not only becomes easy for them to implement his teachings, but also becomes a source of comfort and spiritual taste.

The scholar said that desire for obedience could not take place without worship and love. He said that Minhaj-ul-Quran has spread the awareness about love and respect for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) through its well-knit and efficient organizational set-up in five continents of the world. He said that he who loves the Holy Prophet (PBUH) cannot be an extremist or a terrorist because action of such a person gives birth to an attitude marked by peace, love, brotherhood, respect for humanity, and tolerance.