Up to 30,000 Muslims from across the country gathered in a Birmingham park to celebrate the birthday of the prophet Muhammad and defend their faith against Islamophobia. The ceremony was led by Hazrat Qibla Pir Alauddin Siddqiui Sahib, chairman of the Victoria Road Mosque.
The annual Milad festival saw thousands gather in Aston Park following a huge procession from the Victoria Road Mosque nearby. It was the largest Milad celebration in Europe and saw six giant marquees put up in the park to protect festival goers from the elements. The parade included a horse-drawn carriage and much waving of bright banners and flags.
The group also welcomed politicians of all parties, standing for election, to enlist their support in the fight against Islamophobia, something they say has increased in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. Representatives of other faith groups also attended.