Hundreds out to celebrate Muhammad’s birthday

Members of Calderdale’s Muslim community turned out despite the snow for a procession to celebrate the prophet Muhammad’s birthday.

Around 200 people of all ages paraded along the streets of Halifax as fireworks went off and prayers were said.

Procession for the prophet Muhammad's birthday on Hopwood Lane.

Procession for the prophet Muhammad's birthday on Hopwood Lane.

They formed up at the Al Jamia Al-Zahra mosque on Francis Street before embarking on the route that took them along Hopwood Lane, Gibbet Street, Queens Road, and Parkinson Lane.

Badar Zaman, part of the organising team, explained why the birthday celebrations are so important to the Muslim community.

“There is nothing more important than our prophet,” he said. “That’s why we are here to celebrate his birthday. Islam spread because of our prophet and we spread a message of unity and peace.

“This parade brings together people of all professions on one level in the community.”

Guests of honour for the event were Mihr-ul-Millat Pir Syed Munawwar Hussain Jamati and Pir Syed Muzzammil Hussain Jamati.