The holy Eid-e-Miladunnabi is being observed in the country today, marking the day of birth and passing away of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), with religious festivity and fervour.
On this day in 570, the 12th of Rabiul Awal of the Hijri calendar, Muhammad (SM) was born in Makkah with divine blessings and messages of peace for mankind. The prophet (SM) also passed away on the same day.
After the independence of Bangladesh, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had started observing Eid-e-Miladunnabi nationally from 1973.
Different government and non-government organisations, including the Islamic Foundation, have drawn up programmes to mark the day.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday issued separate messages on the eve of the day, greeting the countrymen and the Muslims across the world.
On the occasion of the day, Islamic Foundation has taken up a fortnight-long special programme.
The programme includes delivering sermons on the life and works of Prophet Muhammad (SM) after Maghrib and Isha prayers every day, recitation from the holy Quran, singing of Islamic songs, and organising seminars jointly with Bangladesh Betar.
Bangladesh Television (BTV) and Bangladesh Betar will broadcast special programmes highlighting the importance of the day.
The day is a public holiday.