MALAPPURAM: The birthday of Prophet Mohammed was celebrated throughout the State with a variety of programmes on Thursday. Sunni mosques and madrasas across the State were bedecked as children led by teachers took to the streets singing paeans of Prophet Mohammed.
Literary competitions lasting day and night were held at many madrasas in the district. Children wearing uniforms, rendering ‘duff muttu,’ attracted crowds in all parts of the district. Parents came out of their homes to watch their children march through the streets and alleys singing ‘Burda’ and other panegyrics.
Despite being a holiday, vehicular traffic at many points came to brief halts as sweets and payasam were distributed by different groups. Passengers as well as vehicle drivers were given payasam at many places in the district. Madrasa teachers were seen controlling the vehicular traffic as payasam distribution caused traffic blocks.
It was the culmination of 12 days of celebrations marked by Mawlid recital at mosques and homes. Prophet Mohammed was born on the 12th day of Arabic month Rabiul Awwal. Most Sunni mosques in the district witnessed food distribution as part of the celebrations. While some chose to give chicken biriyani to the people, some other mosques stuck to conventional coconut rice and beef curry. Thousands of people were given food at the Grand Mosque, Valiyangadi, here. Malappuram Kazi O.P.M. Sayed Muthukoya Thangal inaugurated the food distribution held on the premises of his ancestral home.
In his Milad message, the Kazi said that it was time the community realised the significance of Prophet’s teachings. He said the Prophet had to be experienced rather than described to understand his greatness.
The Thangal said Prophet Mohammed had shown the world that the true leader was one who served the society by devoting his life, and not one who tried to divide the society.