It is tradition for Muslims across the world to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad on the 12th of the third month of the Islamic calendar (Rabi-Ul-Awwal) and this year proved no different with events occurring across the globe.
More locally, in West Yorkshire, local Mosques held a number of gatherings to commemorate the special day with processions occurring in places of worship across the county.
In Bradford, more than 400 people gathered at the Jamia Masjid Naqshbandia Aslamia to attend the annual Mawlid (birthday of Prophet Muhammad) to mark the blessed birth of the Prophet and to show gratitude to God for sending down the Prophet.
Guests included Imam Ijaz Ahmad Shaami, who, in 2006, was named Youngest Muslim Chaplain in the prison service, whilst renowned Nasheed artist, Sajid Qadri, was also in attendance.
Prayer, poetry and speeches all took place before food was served at the culmination of the hugely successful event.
Nazim Ali, general secretary of Naqshbandia Active Development Association, which runs the Masjid said: “The actual birthday of Prophet Muhammad [Peace Be Upon Him] takes place on the Islamic month of 12th Rabi-ul-Awwal and is a public holiday in 95% of the Islamic countries around the world which shows that it is deemed a praiseworthy act by the vast majority of Muslims.
“The purpose is to increase our worship of Allah and thank him for giving us the seal of the Prophets. It is also significant as we reflect on the life of Prophet Muhammad [Peace Be Upon Him] so that we can follow his teachings and become better Muslims and people in wider society.”
Elsewhere, in Leeds, celebrations also occurred at the Makkah Masjid where hundreds gathered last week to celebrate the important date.
A number of events are being held throughout the month at the Mosque to celebrate the blessed birth, life and legacy of Prophet Muhammad.
Imam of Makkah Masjid, Imam Asim explained why the commemorations are so important. He said: “The birthday of the Prophet Muhammad is one of the most significant events for Muslims as his arrival established the principles of justice, equality, compassion and mercy to the world.
“Prophet Muhammad is the only leader in history who is considered to be supremely successful on both the religious and secular realms. Today, around 1.6 billion people throughout the world are proud to be his followers.”
As part of the Milad-un-Nabi events, Makkah Masjid will also be raising funds for those in need of food and shelter.
The mawlid celebrations take place in Masjids, people’s homes, community centres during the Islamic month of Rabi-ul-Awwal which this year has coincided with the month of January 2014 and so forth and is instrumental in bringing people together.
Mawlid gatherings are taking place all over the UK and the world. Muslims are decorating their homes with lights as a symbol of their love and utmost admiration for Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).