A JUBILANT procession of thousands of members of the Islamic community made its way through the town’s streets this weekend as part of celebrations for one of the most important days in the Muslim calendar.
The annual Prophet Parade saw crowds carrying religious banners and singing prayers through the borough on Sunday November 17 for Mawlid un-Nabi to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.
Worshippers of all ages came from across the North of England, joining special guests from South Africa, Suriname, Nigeria, Pakistan, Kuwait and several European countries, to take part in the Bolton walk which is in its 30th year.
They were also joined by councillors from Bolton wards, members of Greater Manchester Police and residents from the wider Bolton community.
Prior to setting out the walkers assembled at the Makkah Mosque in Great Lever for prayers and food before making their way to the Ghosia Mosque in Caroline Street.
Mawlid processions are observed around the world with the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday being a public holiday in Muslim majority countries.