A group of men, wearing red hats and long, white garb, sang a selection of “Madih” or Islamic chants Sunday afternoon.
More than 400 people attended Milad an-Nabiyy of Delmarva at Salisbury Middle School to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
This year, the event coincides with Palm Sunday — a week before Easter Sunday — which signifies the upcoming end of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. The day commemorates the spreading of palms and clothing in Jesus’s path as he entered Jerusalem prior to his crucifixion.
Coordinated Sunday’s celebration was Ghadi Salem, principal of the Islamic Society of Delmarva Weekend School that “caters to student needs through a strong Islamic-based curriculum, covering Quranic recitation, Arabic language and Islamic studies.”
“Milad an-Nabiyy” involves gathering Muslims to recite the Quran, narrate the story of the “Mawlid” or the prophet’s birth, give to charity and offer “halal” food for people to eat.
“We want to empower authentic Islamic education and explore our love for the prophet,” said Salem, who believes it is crucial for Muslim youth to have an understanding environment that encourages growth in Islamic religiosity and culture.
The Sunday event included two lectures, a “Ya Nabiyy” song by Weekend School students and a performance by the Islamic Madih Group from Montreal, Canada, that praised the Muhammad through Quranic recitation, verses of poetry and Islamic lyrics that highlight his “biography, miracles, good traits and manners.”
“We have been organizing the event for over a month trying to coordinate volunteers to help with decorations and making food,” said Manal Nachef, wearing a purple hijab, who walked past two rows of Middle Eastern cuisine.