Hundreds brave the cold to celebrate Prophet Muhammad’s birthday

Procession to celebrate the birthday of the prophet Muhammad moves up Hanson Lane, Halifax.
Procession to celebrate the birthday of the prophet Muhammad moves up Hanson Lane, Halifax.

Hundreds of memders of the Muslim community didn’t let the cold weather get in the way of a procession to celebrate Muhammad’s birthday.

The annual procession organised by the Central Jamia Mosque, Rhodes Street, Halifax, brought together members of the community of all ages with prayer, songs and exchanging sweets and food.

Amjid Mahmood, spokesperson for the mosque, said: “It is about gathering of people, reciting parts of the Qu’ran, narrating the history of the Prophet’s birth and signs that accompanied it.

“To celebrate the day, food and sweets are served and people are taught that the good practice is to emulate the teachings of the prophet and the one who practices them gets rewarded, because it involves elevating the status of the Prophet and expressing joy for his honourable birth.

“We would like to thank the Police and the Calderdale Council for their cooperation in helping us to organise this successful event.”

The procession made its way along Hanson lane, Queens Road, Parkinson Lane, Hopwood Lane and then back to the Central Jamia Mosque where prayers and supplications were offered by the congregation.