World Bulletin/News Desk
Around 2,000 flag-waving Muslims marched in the streets of Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city, late on Sunday to commemorate the birthday of Islam's prophet Muhammad [PBUH].
The Muslim devotees, who wore white clothes and green head gears (turbans), marched peacefully in a procession, chanting in praise of the prophet, especially on the streets of Fordsburg and Mayfair, two predominantly Muslim suburbs of Johannesburg.
"More than 2,000 Muslims attended our procession," Shaheed Garda of Dawat-e- Islami, a global non-political movement for the propagation of the Holy Quran, told The Anadolu Agency.
He said his movement had organized the march to show its love for prophet Muhammad, whose birthday is celebrated around the world from the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi al-Awwal (the third month in the Islamic calendar.
Garda said Muhammad's birthday helps Muslims to reflect on his teachings and life.
Muslims participating in the event came from different parts of the city to join in the procession. There was also a convoy of over 100 vehicles following those participating in the march.
Some vehicle passengers waved their green Islamic flags from the windows and chanted in praise of the prophet.
Children also accompanied their parents in the procession.
"I want my son to acquire information about the prophet's birthday while he is still young," Abdulkader Sayed, a procession participant who brought his son to the event, told AA.
Ordinary South Africans stood on the sidewalks to witness the event. In front of them, march participants passed and chanted in praise of their prophet.
"These people are smart and united, I like their spirit," a non-Muslim passerby said, declining to mention his name.
Dawat-e- Islami has been organizing the Muhammad birthday processions for 17 years now.
"We only organize the event and whoever wants to join and celebrate is free to do this," Garda said.
He added that similar events were also held on Sunday in different cities across South Africa.
After the procession, Muslims gathered for evening prayers at a mosque in Mayfair, and later went back home.
"I look forward to attending more prophet birthday events," Hossien Bhai, a resident of Brixton, said at the end of the event.
"I love prophet Muhammad," he added.
He said he would spend the evening to reflect on some of the teachings of the prophet.
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