Grand Mufti Shawki Allam said that Thursday, May 17, will mark the first day of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Young and old, rich and poor, scholars and laymen all came together to express their love for God’s final messenger and remember his “seerah”, or biography.
While extremists are vehemently against any such celebration, the overwhelming majority of Muslims take part in one form or another.
Sufis dress in colorful clothing and energetically parade through the streets performing “dhikr” (remembrance of God).
Dar al-Iftaa announced that Rabi’ al-Awwal will start November 20, adding that the Mawlid al-Nabawi will take place December 1.