Hundreds braved the harsh weather conditions last weekend to commemorate the life of the Prophet Muhammad at a special celebratory event in Bradford.
The first ever ‘Mawlid in the Park’ was staged in Centenary Square throughout Saturday 25th January, and despite the occasional downpour, more than 500 attendees turned up from all faiths and backgrounds.
Organised by Save the Mother’s Trust (SMT) founder, Shaykh Mufti Qazi Hassan Raza, the day fell during the Islamic celebration of Eid Milad which commemorates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
The day was meant as one of celebration to commemorate the important Islamic month, whilst also acting as a day for uniting the community and teaching the wider community about Islam.
Amongst the list of honoured guests was, the Dean of Bradford, Revd Canon Andy William, representatives from the Sikh, Hindu and Jewish community, Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Khadim Hussain and Muslims scholars from across the UK.
1,000 red roses were handed out by representatives from the SMT, as the message of ‘peace, love and harmony’ was reinforced throughout the day’s proceedings.
Spokesperson for the SMT, Ibrar Hussain, explained how the project was first conceived and, despite the weather, how it became a success in the heart of Bradford.
“In the past we have held our own celebrations for this special time of year yet it was the idea of Shaykh Mufti Qazi Hassan Raza which really got us going onto this much bigger platform,” he explained.
He added: “One of our main targets was to bring the concept forward regarding the true meaning of Islam, that being ‘peace, love and harmony’ and I think we did just that.”
The first ever Mawlid in the Park event was a big success and, despite the sometimes testing weather conditions, similar events could be held again in the future.