Birthday celebrations for Mohammed

Westtown Parade - January 2012:  Vast crowds turned out to celebrate the prophet's birthday
Westtown Parade - January 2012: Vast crowds turned out to celebrate the prophet's birthday

hundreds of Sufi Muslims from across the area took part in a peace procession on Sunday to mark the birthday of the prophet Mohammed.

The annual Eid-Milad parade travelled from the Ghausia Jamia Mosque in Savile Town to the Gulzar-E-Medina Mosque in Westtown. Organisers said around 1,500 were involved in the procession, waving green flags and handing out free food to passers-by.

Mohammed Chaudhary, from the Gulzar-E-Medina Mosque, said: “It’s very important for us to get together and celebrate and the procession this year was, like every year, a huge success.

“So many people turned up, from children as young as five or six to their grandparents and the older generations.”

Also at this year’s Eid-Milad procession were Chief Insp Ian Gayles, of West Yorkshire Police, and Allen Senior, crew manager for the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

They presented Imams from local mosques with flowers on behalf of local police and firefighters.

Mr Chaudhary also thanked the police and all those who helped to make sure the procession ran smoothly.