Milad-un-Nabi Celebrations in Southall
Muslims in Southall have been holding the annual Eid Milad-un-Nabi procession for over 30 year. The first procession was attended by Peer Alaudin Siddiqui of Noor TV.
The procession and event celebrates the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, who was sent as mercy for the whole of mankind. Not all Muslim celebrate birthdays especially those with links to Saudia Arabia. The event takes place on a sunday around the time of the actual birthday.
The procession starts from the Jamia Mosque in Townsend Road before 2 pm, after the Zohr prayers.
The procession used to proceed along the Broadway, South Road and reached its destination the Southall Community Centre on Merrick Road (opposite SunRise Radio) around 3 pm.
After a short speech outside, a religious family programme was held inside the Southall Community Centre, which lasted nearly 4 hours. The last function to take place there was in March 2010. The building was sold by the Council, went through extensive refurbishment and is not big enough to accomodate those attending.
Currently the procession proceeds along the Broadway, South Road, Beaconsfield Road and returned to the Jamia mosque in Townsend Road around 3 pm. Due to the size of the mosque, after a few short speeches, the event ends there.
Plans are being explored to end the procession in Southall Park and hold an event there in the future.
Each year a few individuals including accountant Sarfraz Khan offer free Umra tickets to some lucky individuals. One year it was ALL adult females whose name was Khadija. In 2012, ALL Muslim police officers present were offered free Umra tickets by Sarfraz Khan.