Bolton: Birth of Mohammed celebrated

HUNDREDS of Muslims paraded through the streets of Bolton to celebrate the birth of the prophet Mohammed today.

More than 500 people, including many children, joined the annual procession through Great Lever.

Participants carrying banners and flags travelled from Makka Mosque, on Grecian Crescent, through the streets, before returning to the mosque.

The event also honoured the work of the late Sheikh Grandmaster Sufi Mohammed Aslam, a Muslim leader, who came to England in the 1960s.

He settled in Blackburn and did a lot of work with young Muslims.

His son Mohammed Riaz led the parade.

Tassadaq Hussain, one of the organisers of the procession, said: "The purpose is to let the local community know the great work of Sufi Mohammed Aslam.

"He developed youngsters, teaching them basic Islam and to live in harmony and peace in the community."

Food was enjoyed before the parade and afterwards there were presentations on Sufi Mohammed Aslam's teachings, before more food.

Source: Asian Image (English)

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