Bristol Muslim parade to mark the Prophet's birth

Hundreds of Muslims marched through Easton and Fishponds this afternoon (Sunday 3 January), to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.

The procession began after prayers at Easton Jamia Masjid on St Marks Road, and headed to Fishponds Madani Masjid on Lodge Causeway.

Prayers at Easton Jamia Masjid before the parade. Credit: ITV West/Caron Bell

The event was arranged by the city's four biggest mosques - Easton Jamia Mosque, Fishponds Madani Mosque, Totterdown Mosque and Hazarat Bilal Centre.

An imam from the Easton Jamia Masjid (right) gets ready to parade. Credit: ITV West/Caron Bell

The Prophet Mohammed's birthday – Eid MIlad ul-Nabi – falls on the 12th or 17th day of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-awwal, but the actual date changes each year because the Islamic calendar is lunar-based.

One of the smaller marchers. Credit: ITV West/Caron Bell

I feel this positive action will promote harmony and help people understand Islam much more. In light of recent events it's essential the Muslim community are proactive in positive discussions, actions and dialogue.

– Arif Khan, Chairman of Bristol Council of Mosques
Arif Khan (blue & white scarf) discusses logistics. Credit: ITV West/Caron Bell
And they're off! This is St Mark's Road in Easton. Credit: ITV West/Caron Bell