Published On: Thu, May 15th, 2014 on 5:46 pm

Annual parade celebrates peace and harmony in Bradford

Naqshbandia Active Development Association Parade

Over 1,500 people have taken part in an annual procession to celebrate the birth of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad and promote a message of peace.

Held on 11 May by the Naqshbandia Active Development Association (NADA), people came from as far as Bristol and Glasgow to take part in the event, now in its 15th year.

It also marked the 4th year anniversary of the opening of the Jamia Masjid Naqshbandia Aslamia Islamic Centre, which was built in 2010 after people raised £500,000 that was required to build it.

Participants began the procession from the Jamia Masjid Naqshbandia Aslamia Islamic Centre with the route going through the area of Manningham before finally returning to where it started.

The life of the founder of the worldwide Naqshbandia Mujadadia Aslamia spiritual order, Hazrat Khwaja Shaykh Sufi Mohammed Aslam, was also commemorated.

The procession finished with a spiritual meditation programme under a marquee at the mosque in which speeches were delivered in both English and Urdu.

Members of the group also went out to give free food to local residents on Tile Street and Holker Street, as part of a tradition that has been replicated for three years.

Nazim Ali, General Secretary of NADA, said: “Our message is quite clear.

“Our similarities are a source for strength for us all irrespective whichever faith we follow as we all share the universal principles of love, peace and purity of intention.”

NADA has purchased land next to the Islamic centre on Tile Street, and hopes to build a multi-purpose community facility for all to use.

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