Crowds doubled for birthday celebrations of Muhammad
THIS year's birthday celebration parade for the Prophet Muhammad in Derby was attended by double the usual number of people.
About 4,000 Muslim men marched around Normanton for the celebration, which has been likened to Christmas Day in the Christian calendar.
Organiser Dr Allah Detta, who also headed the parade, said: "Last year it snowed but about 2,000 people still turned out.
"So we knew that on a sunny day like we had there would be more people.
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"After initial estimates, we now know there were about 4,000 people marching, which is magnificent and wonderful for the 32nd annual parade."
The celebration procession started at the Darbar-Ali Ghamkol Sharif mosque in Dairyhouse Road at noon and, 90 minutes later, the green and white-clad figures reached the Jamia Mosque in Rosehill Street.
The crowd was also swelled by a number of people lining the streets along the parade route, with a number of roads closed to traffic while it was taking place.
The Prophet Muhammad is thought to have been born in about 570 AD in the Arabian city of Mecca.
At the age of 40, he received his first revelation from the angel Gabriel and, three years later, he started preaching these revelations publicly across the region.