PUNE: The appeal for no loud music during the celebration of Milad-Un-Nabi (birthday of Prophet Muhammad) received a good response. Muslims this time celebrated the birth anniversary with religious fervour in the city, giving message of peace and helping the underprivileged on Saturday.
The celebrations generally consist of lectures, speeches, poems and spiritual songs on the life of the prophet and the Islamic lifestyle. People read the Holy Quran in mosques as well as their homes. Many organise rallies and decorate homes, buildings, mosques and shrines with light.
Keeping the health of people and environment in mind, Muslim organisations led by Hazrat Babajan Dargah Trust had launched awareness campaigns against the use of loudspeakers and DJ music during processions. On Saturday, volunteers from various social organisations dissuaded people from playing loud music. However, a section of youths defied all requests and continued to play loud music. Many youths were seen riding bikes in groups, honking loudly and waving flags. Many people also burst firecrackers.
Senior officials from Pune city police were present to make sure that there is no law and order problem. A heavy police bandobast was deployed on the main procession (organised by Seerat Committee) route, which began from Mannu Shah Masjid in Nana Peth in the afternoon and ended at Jama Masjid in Shukrawar Peth late in the night.
Many organisations, instead of spending on music systems, distributed sweets, fruits, blankets etc to orphans and patients.