The president and vice president hoped that the Prophet's message of selflessness and brotherhood would show the path of compassion and tolerance to everyone. Milad-un-Nabi will be celebrated Jan 14.
In his message, the president said: "On the auspicious occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, the birthday of the Holy Prophet, I convey my greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and abroad."
"May the message of selflessness and brotherhood preached by the Holy Prophet inspire us to promote unity and friendship amongst all people."
The president wished that the "eternally relevant teachings" of the Prophet inspire people to re-dedicate themselves to the well being of humanity.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said: "The life of the Prophet teaches us to be selfless and care for the less fortunate. His message inspires us to work for peace and brotherhood."
"May the festival spread peace, harmony and compassion among all," he added.
Vice President Hamid Ansari also greeted the nation ahead of Milad-un-Nabi.
"I convey my warm greetings and good wishes to the citizens of our country on the blessed occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, birthday of Prophet Mohammad. The noble life and eternal message of the Holy Prophet shows us the virtuous path of compassion, tolerance and peaceful co-existence," Ansari said.
"On this auspicious occasion, let us all firmly resolve to build a peaceful, compassionate and fraternal society."
--IANS (Posted on 13-01-2014)