Press TV, Bolton
Dressed in their Sunday's best and singing words of praise, thousands of Muslims from around the world descended upon in the north-west English town of Bolton to celebrate a historical figure whose legacy transcends time and space: Prophet Mohammad, his birthday called the Mawlid celebrated in the third month of the Islamic calendar.
For these Muslims and millions of others around the world, the Prophet is a moral and spiritual role model and commemorating his birthday is another way of keeping his memory alive in the collective Muslim consciousness.
And is it that and his many other characteristics which attract these Muslims to the joyous occasion. The young are eager to tell us what the Prophet means to them.
As well as making the prophet and his legacy a constant in the lives of Muslims, the event sets out to change misconceptions among non-Muslims in the wake of insults against the Prophet in Europe in recent years and increased religious hate crimes on his followers.
At the same time as their female counterparts celebrating in a nearby building, the men engage in prayers, and reciting the Quran followed by delicious free food, a symbol of the holy prophet's largesse.
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