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In Russia, large-scale Mawlid an-Nabi festivities will be held in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. This is the third top Muslim feast after Uraza Bayram and Kurban Bayram.
A fragment of Prophet Muhammad’s clothing, a lock of His hair and some relics that belonged to His daughter Fatima were brought to Grozny from the United Arab Emirates on the eve of the holiday.
Muslims throughout Turkey celebrated Mawlid al-Nabi (Mevlid Kandili in Turkish) on Wednesday, marking the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
Most of the country’s Muslims went to mosques to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, who was born in the month of Rabi’ al-Awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar, in A.D. 571. This year marks the 1,441th anniversary of his birth.
He is the last in a series of monotheistic religions’ prophets and the person who presented Islam to the world. His personality and manners are seen as a sacred model to be emulated by all Muslims. The Prophet Muhammad died in 632.
Alongside with Muslims all over the world, Ukrainian Muslims gathered to mark the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad. The ritual began with a recitation of the
Quran and speeches in praise of the Prophet. Muslims together in unity every year and has become a popular tradition in Ukraine over the past decades.
Unlike previous years, this time the celebration is more profound. An exhibition titled “The Heritage of the Islamic Civilization” has been held to display the genealogical tree of Prophet Muhammad, pictures and history of Muslim Mosques around the world, and famous scientific discoveries of the Muslim world.
Also on display are common traditional clothes of 12 Muslim nations. What one may easily feel here, as an exhibition participant said, is that today all Muslim nations feel very comfortable in Ukraine.
6. The Jakarta Post (Indonesia)
Traditional rituals mark Prophet Muhammad’s birthday: Villagers jostle for water that has been used to cleanse the Goong Renteng Embah Bandong gamelan instruments during the Ngarumat Barang Pusaka ritual at the Bumi Alit Kabuyutan site in Batukarut village, Arjasari, Bandung regency, West Java, on Thursday. The ritual was held as part of the celebration of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday and is a symbol of self purification. (JP/Arya Dipa)
In Surakarta, Central Java, the ritual was marked with the carrying of six cone-shaped offerings called gunungan from the Kasunanan Surakarta Palace to the Agung Mosque to be blessed by clerics before being distributed to the people.
The six gunungan comprised two gunungan jaler (male gunungan) which included agricultural produce; two gunungan estri (female gunungan), which consisted of processed foods and snacks; and two gunungan anakan (child gunungan) of coins.
Tradition maintains that grabbing something from the gunungan can bring good luck or good fortune, which accounts for why the gunungan were almost gone before the blessing processions had ended.
President Mohamed Morsy on Thursday 24/01/2013 greeted the Egyptian people on the occasions of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday anniversary and the 2nd anniversary of Jan 25 revolution.
The president pointed out that the celebration of the occasion of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday anniversary came as many Muslims suffer in Myanmar.
He elaborated that he will urge delegations in the coming Islamic summit, slated to be held in Cairo in early February, to discuss the issue of Myanmar, and take the necessary procedures to save their co-religionists.
Morsy shifted to the Syrian situation, saying that he respects Syria’s internal affairs, but he cannot but condemn the bloodshed there.