Yesterday, in Salalah Plaza hotel in Dhofar in the south of Oman, together with more than 500 Pakistani women I celebrated Eid Milad-un-Nabi also known as Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. For a while the event organized by more than twenty Pakistani women brought the participants back to their homeland. In Pakistan this Eid is a public holiday.
From 6pm Pakistani women and youngsters in dresses in marvelous colors, with beautiful embroidery, came in and took place on the carpets on the floor in front of a stage decorated in white, with two hand drums, with baskets with glitter paper and with red and white flowers. In the meanwhile young Pakistani singers recited in Urdu poetry that praises the Holy Prophet. Green flags were distributed, a color associated with the Prophet as being one of his favored colors.
For this evening a well known hamd and naat singer from Punjabi was especially invited. A hamd is a poem or song for Allah, while a naat is a poetry that specifically praises the Holy Prophet. The heavenly voice of the guest of honour, moved the audience and encouraged them to join the recitations. Suddenly an older woman grabbed my hand and asked me if I liked it. Some people who listen to this recitations and poems converted to Islam, whispered another. Taking pictures or recording during the event was strictly forbidden. Concentration on the message was the main goal. Half way parcels with food and drinks were distributed. At 11pm a prayer closed the wonderful event.