LAHORE – Eid Miladun Nabi (SAW) will be observed across the country on Friday (today) with religious fervour and zeal.The day will dawn with a 31-gun salute in the Federal capital and 21-gun salute in provincial capitals. Special prayers will be offered at mosques for security, solidarity and prosperity of the country in particular and Muslim Ummah in general. It will be a public holiday and all offices and business centers will be closed. The electronic and print media would air special programmes and publish special supplements to highlight the significance of the day. Different religious parties and organisations will hold Seerat conferences, processions and other gatherings to pay reverence to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the last messenger of Allah. This year, the day is again being observed as Yaum-e-Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat (a day to protect sanctity and dignity of the Holy Prophet) (PBUH) to counter the deliberate and organised Western propaganda against the Prophet of Islam by repeated publication of sacrilegious sketches. Several religious organisations and groups, striving to counter Western blasphemous attempts, have appealed to the believers to devote extra efforts to highlight the glorious Seerat of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in order to expose the Western hatred of Islam and the conspiracies.The nation across the country will pay homage to Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) with reciting Darood-o-Salam and na’ats.Streets, localities and houses have been decorated to mark the festivities in connection with the birthday of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). The owners of buses, trucks, taxi cars, and motorcycles have also artistically decorated their vehicles to pay their reverence to the last Prophet of the God (PBUH).The educational institutes have also chalked out special programmes in connection with the momentous day.The procession routes in major cities have also been decorated artistically with buntings giving a very pleasant look at night.The Ulema and religious scholars will pay tribute to the last Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for his supreme and matchless services for humanity and would highlight various aspects of his life which are a guidance for all human beings.Police and law enforcement agencies have chalked out comprehensive security plans for peaceful observance of Eid Miladun Nabi and thousands of policemen and volunteers would be on procession routes to safeguard the people.Markets on Thursday were seen bustling with buyers purchasing green flags and badges. Streets and bazaars were glowing with lights of different colours. Cities have been adorned with decorative lights.Scores of vendors in all cities were seen supplying commemorative flags, buntings, badges and stickers relevant to the occasion of Eid Miladun Nabi.