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Jaipur Muslims to celebrate Eid-e-Milad on January 14
Jaipur Muslims will be observing Eid-e-Milad on January 14 to commemorate the Prophet Muhammad's birthday which is also a gazetted holiday. Eid-e-Milad is known as Nabi Day or Mawlid too. The day-long programmes to remember discuss and celebrate the advent of the Prophet Muhammad's birth with, parades, night-long prayer meetings in mosques, community meals and discourses on the Prophet's teachings.
On Eid-e-Milad, most Muslims will carry green flags or banners or wear green items of clothing when taking part in these events since green represents Islam and paradise. Another tradition is that Muslims will gather from the entire city for the special prayer which is like thanksgiving to the God. Muslim houses, streets and mosques have been decorated with green flags, lightings and buntings.

Also, on this day, the text especially composed for the Prophet's nativity celebration, is recited which consists of the description of the ancestors of Muhammad; his conception and birth; introduction of Halima; life of young Muhammad, his orphanhood and caravan trip; marriage between Muhammad and Khadija; Al-Isra', Al-Mi'radj, and Hidjra; and the Prophet's death.

Some Jaipur Muslims also visit the Hazratbal shrine in Srinagar for the celebrating the day. The shrine houses a hair that is believed to have come from the Prophet Mohammad. Thousands of people attend prayers at the shrine on the night before Nabi Day. The relic is displayed in the mosque after the morning prayers.

It is said that Prophet Mohammad made his descent on earth to show us the path of righteousness, compassion, charity, brotherhood and tolerance. Thus, the Prophet's birthday is a moment to rededicate ourselves to the ideals of peace, goodwill and harmony for which he lived his life.

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