Cairo Celebrates Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday in Sugary Style

Published November 5th, 2019 - 07:29 GMT

The sweet smell of candies wafts through downtown Cairo's Bab al-Bahr street as the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi", draws near.

Decorated sugar dolls, horse-shaped candies and nut-filled treats are on display in shops lining the busy street near Islamic Cairo, a historic district filled with mosques, tombs, and caravanserais.

Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate Prophet Mohammed's birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which this year falls on Saturday, November 9.

As the faithful look forward to the celebrations, Cairo's dessert makers are preparing other mouthwatering sweets made of peanuts, sesame seeds, coconuts and pistachios.

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An Egyptian confectioner shows bars of sweets with sesame at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el

An Egyptian confectioner shows bars of sweets with sesame at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

Egyptian confectioners add peanuts to melted sugar as they make sweets at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th

Egyptian confectioners add peanuts to melted sugar as they make sweets at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

Peanuts are mixed eith melted sugar to make sweets at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed

Peanuts are mixed eith melted sugar to make sweets at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

An Egyptian confectioner shows bars of sweets with sesame at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el

An Egyptian confectioner shows bars of sweets with sesame at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

An Egyptian confectioner shows a sweet sesame bar at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed

An Egyptian confectioner shows a sweet sesame bar at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

Egyptian confectioners pose for a picture at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

Egyptian confectioners pose for a picture at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

An Egyptian woman decorates traditional sugar statuettes in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

An Egyptian woman decorates traditional sugar statuettes in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

An Egyptian woman decorates traditional sugar statuettes in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

An Egyptian woman decorates traditional sugar statuettes in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

Decorated traditional sugar statuettes are ready to be distributed to vendors in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed e

Decorated traditional sugar statuettes are ready to be distributed to vendors in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

Decorated traditional sugar statuettes are ready to be decorated in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed / AF

Decorated traditional sugar statuettes are ready to be decorated in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

Egyptian women decorate traditional sugar statuettes in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

Egyptian women decorate traditional sugar statuettes in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP

An Egyptian confectioner shows bars of sweets with sesame at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el
Egyptian confectioners add peanuts to melted sugar as they make sweets at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th
Peanuts are mixed eith melted sugar to make sweets at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed
An Egyptian confectioner shows bars of sweets with sesame at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el
An Egyptian confectioner shows a sweet sesame bar at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed
Egyptian confectioners pose for a picture at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
An Egyptian woman decorates traditional sugar statuettes in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
An Egyptian woman decorates traditional sugar statuettes in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
Decorated traditional sugar statuettes are ready to be distributed to vendors in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed e
Decorated traditional sugar statuettes are ready to be decorated in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed / AF
Egyptian women decorate traditional sugar statuettes in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
An Egyptian confectioner shows bars of sweets with sesame at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el
An Egyptian confectioner shows bars of sweets with sesame at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
Egyptian confectioners add peanuts to melted sugar as they make sweets at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th
Egyptian confectioners add peanuts to melted sugar as they make sweets at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
Peanuts are mixed eith melted sugar to make sweets at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed
Peanuts are mixed eith melted sugar to make sweets at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
An Egyptian confectioner shows bars of sweets with sesame at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el
An Egyptian confectioner shows bars of sweets with sesame at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
An Egyptian confectioner shows a sweet sesame bar at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed
An Egyptian confectioner shows a sweet sesame bar at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
Egyptian confectioners pose for a picture at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
Egyptian confectioners pose for a picture at a candy factory in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
An Egyptian woman decorates traditional sugar statuettes in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
An Egyptian woman decorates traditional sugar statuettes in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
An Egyptian woman decorates traditional sugar statuettes in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
An Egyptian woman decorates traditional sugar statuettes in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
Decorated traditional sugar statuettes are ready to be distributed to vendors in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed e
Decorated traditional sugar statuettes are ready to be distributed to vendors in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
Decorated traditional sugar statuettes are ready to be decorated in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed / AF
Decorated traditional sugar statuettes are ready to be decorated in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
Egyptian women decorate traditional sugar statuettes in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th.  Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP
Egyptian women decorate traditional sugar statuettes in the capital Cairo on November 2, 2019, ahead of celebrations of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed's birthday, known as "Al Mawlid Al Nabawi". Prophet Mohamed was born in Saudi Arabia's arid mountainous city of Mecca, the holiest in Islam, some 1490 years ago. Sunni Muslims in many parts of the world celebrate his birthday on the 12th day of the third month of the Islamic calendar, which will fall this year on November 9th. Mohamed el-Shahed / AFP