PHOTOS: Procession marks birthday of Prophet

THOUSANDS of Muslims from across Pendle, Burnley and elsewhere took part in a procession through Nelson to mark the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad.

They started out from the Ghausia Mosque, in Clayton Street, accompanied by Mayor of Pendle Coun. Asjad Mahmood and host imam from the mosque, Qari Khalid Mahmood.

Marchers take to the streets in Nelson to celebrate the Prophet Muhammad.

Marchers take to the streets in Nelson to celebrate the Prophet Muhammad.

And it was quite a walk. They set out along Clayton Street to Scotland Road, then via Rook Street and others went all the way through to Brunswick Street, reached Chapelhouse Road, came down via Lomeshaye Road to Manchester Road, then on to Every Street before returning to the mosque.

A service took place there, and there was a lecture by an imam from Birmingham. It was followed by a meal at the Silverman Hall.

One of those taking part, Mr Saghir Ahmed, said: “We would like to thank the community for their co-operation as the parade passed them – both Muslim and Christian. There were thousands of people taking part in the procession.

“The Imam, Qari Khalid Mahmood, was thankful for the response from the public, and the police and St John Ambulance people who took part.”