Governor and chief minister of Telangana on Tuesday greeted Muslims on Eid Milad-un-Nabi.

Commonly called Mawlid, it falls on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar called Rabi' al-aawal, according to Sunnis. However, Shias believe that the Prophet was born on the 17th day of the month.

To mark the day, Muslims offer prayers, read the Holy Quran and listen to hymns praising the Prophet. Foods and offerings are also distributed on this day.

Eid-e-Milad is observed as a national holiday in almost all Muslim countries across the world. Countries with the significant Muslim populations, like India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Russia, Italy, Germany, Canada and the United States also mark the birth of Prophet Muhammad. However, it is not celebrated in Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Telangana Governor and chief minister on Tuesday greeted Muslims on the occasion. Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan conveyed her warm greetings on the occasion.

"The teachings of compassion, tolerance, unity, harmony and universal brotherhood may continue to inspire us all in working for the well-being of all. May there be peace and prosperity all around," she said in her message.

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"The most venerable Prophet's mission is fulfilled when we serve our fellowmen with faith, trust, care, kindness and compassion," the Governor said.

"On this occasion, let us all resolve to promote unity, harmony, peace, universal brotherhood and prosperity in the society," she added and called for celebrating Milad-un-Nabi in its true spirit, in a safe manner by adhering to the Covid-19 preventive norms.

Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan too conveyed his greetings to Muslim brethren on the occasion. "The life of the Prophet has been an inspiring saga of love, brotherhood and virtue to mankind," he said.

Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao also greeted Muslims. He called for following the teachings of the Prophet based on love, brotherhood and moral values.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy also conveyed his greetings to Muslims. He said in his message that the Prophet's message of compassion, charity, morality, equality and unity will always continue to guide humanity. He called for celebrating the festival with devotion.