KARACHI, Sindh – The caretaker government of Sindh has officially declared September 29, 2023, as a public holiday to commemorate Eid Milad un Nabi (PBUH), the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). This significant day, known as the 12th Rabi ul Awal, holds immense religious importance for Muslims across Pakistan.
On this auspicious occasion, all government offices and institutions under the administrative control of the government of Sindh will remain closed to pay respect to the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
In a notification released by the Government of Sindh, it stated, “The Government of Sindh declares 12th Rabi ul Awal 1445 (AH) 29th September 2023 (Friday), Eid Milad un Nabi (SAWW) as a public holiday for all offices, autonomous, semi-autonomous bodies, corporations, and local councils under the administrative control of the government of Sindh.”
While government offices will observe the holiday, essential services across the province will continue to operate as usual, ensuring that crucial services reach the citizens without interruption.
The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee met on Saturday to witness the moon for the lunar month Rabi ul Awal, but the crescent was not sighted that evening. Consequently, the committee determined that the following evening, Sunday, September 17, marked the beginning of Rabi ul Awal for the Islamic year 1445 AH. As per this calculation, the 12th day of Rabi ul Awal falls on September 29, 2023.
Eid Milad un Nabi is a joyous occasion celebrated with religious fervor and enthusiasm by Muslims in Pakistan. The day is marked by public processions, events, and seminars that shed light on the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
As the sighting of the moon signals the start of the holy month, streets are illuminated with colorful lights, and various ceremonies such as milad and processions are organized nationwide. People adorn streets, buildings, and mosques with beautiful lights, decorations, and buntings to celebrate this special day.
In addition to individual celebrations, both the government and religious organizations, along with milad committees, arrange numerous activities such as processions, seminars, conferences, and discussion programs to observe this annual event.
Eid Milad un Nabi brings together communities and fosters a sense of unity and devotion among the people of Pakistan, as they join hands to honor the teachings and legacy of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). This public holiday provides an opportunity for all citizens to reflect on the values and principles that guide their lives.