Muslim leaders asks to avoid a noisy Eid-e-Milad, asked followers to help poor
Many leaders called the day to be used as an opportunity to help poor and needy
Senior Muslim clerics and community leaders have appealed for a noise free Eid-e-Milad (Prophet Muhammad's birthday) celebrations on December 12. Imams during Friday sermons exhorted the community members against use of DJs at Eid-e-Milad processions.
During celebrations, young believers make reckless bike rides and stunts on trains. Community leaders described them as "un-Islamic" and condemned them.
"The day should be observed with utmost respect to commuters and neighbours. Loudspeakers and DJs at high decibel defeat the very purpose of commemorating the memory of the Prophet who preached self-restraint even in celebrations," said Grant Road-based Madrassa Jamia Ashrafia Qadria's head Maulana Syed Moin Ashraf (Moin Mian).
Many leaders called the day to be used as an opportunity to help poor and needy. "Help orphans, poor patients and needy widows. The day should not be wasted in useless activities but marked with prayers and in seeking divine blessings," said imam Maulana Khalilur Rahman Noorie.
He also added that the reckless bike rides and stunts bring bad name to the religion on a very religious day like Prophet's birthday. "Efforts should be to uphold the teachings of the Prophet, not to defame the religion with un-Islamic and unlawful activities," said Maulana Noorie.
All India Milli Council (Maharashtra)'s general secretary M A Khalid asked youths to be restraint on the occasion. "While they have the rights to celebrate their Prophet's birthday, they must take care that others are not inconvenienced. The image of the religion gets hit by some overenthusiastic devotees who play DJs and shout slogans loudly ," said Khalid.
Processions including the one from the Khalifat House in Byculla, will mark the celebrations. Political figures including Mahatma Gandhi have led the Eid-e-Milad processions at Khilafat House in the past.
Karnataka minister Roshan Baig will lead the protests from Khilafat House this year.