Men parade to celebrate Prophet's birthday

Asian Image: Men and boys on the parade through Bradford Men and boys on the parade through Bradford

Hundreds of men and boys lined the streets of Manningham during a parade to celebrate the birth of the prophet Muhammad.

Muslims travelled from across the country to take part in the Eid Milad-Un-Nabi event on Saturday, which is believed to be one of the biggest in the north of England.

The parade started in Lumb Lane and passed along Church Street, St Mary’s Road, North Park Road, Victor Road and Victor Street.

Participants wore green – the colour of the prophet Muhammad – and carried flags, banners and balloons while chanting about the Prophet and Islam.

Sweets were given out along the parade route and a plane flew overhead with a banner wishing everyone a happy Eid Milad-Un-Nabi.

Celebrations have been taking place all month and the parade at the weekend was one of the highlights of the festival.

Separate events were arranged for women, who were not present at the parade.

Kamran Yunis, from Bradford, who was among the participants, said: “I have come to celebrate the birth of Muhammad. There is a bit of a festival atmosphere here and it is a good social event.”

Majid Mahmood, also from Bradford, added: “It is a good opportunity to get everybody from the local community together to show love for the Prophet in a peaceful manner.”

Muhammad is deemed to be the chief of all the prophets on earth and a role model for Muslims. Stories of the prophet’s life and teachings are read during Eid Milad-un-Nabi.

Many families celebrate in a grand way, while others go to the mosque to hear sermons (Khutba).

Women organise prayer meetings in their homes. Many invite their friends and families for a feast, while food is also distributed among the poor.

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