This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Hundreds celebrate birth of the Prophet
Nearly 2,000 Muslims took part in a procession to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad.
The Milad Un-Nabi celebration took place in Leicester on Sunday.
The procession started with prayers at the Islamic Centre in St Peter's Road and followed a long route through the city, despite persistent snow, to the Central Mosque, in Conduit Street. It was followed by a meal for 3,000 people.
Organiser Mustafa Malik Salim said: "It was a very peaceful procession with between 1,500 and 2,000 people.
"The procession was held on the Sunday nearest the birthday, on Thursday."
Malik Salim, chairman of the committee in charge of the Islamic Centre and Central Mosque, said: "After the procession, 3,000 people sat down to a meal.
"It was a joyful and peaceful event."