Iraqi Sufis Celebrate Prophet's Birthday With Unique Rituals

Published November 22nd, 2018 - 09:20 GMT

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Written by Sally Shakkour

Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds have held a special ceremony in order to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in Akra town in Baghdad on Novermber 19, 2018.

Men usually wear loose pants, matching jackets, and wrap-around belts stand in lines for religious invocations. Then they play drums and shake thier long, black hair back and and forth.

 

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Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra. 
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Muslims around the world celebrate the birth of the prophet, known in Arabic as the 'Mawlid al-Nabawi' holiday, on the third month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
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Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds join in prayer to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra.
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Religious symbols adorning the jacket of an Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurd are pictured during a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra.
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Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra, 500 km north of Baghdad, on November 19, 2018.
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Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra. 
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Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed  on November 19, 2018.
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Muslims around the world celebrate the birth of the prophet, known in Arabic as the 'Mawlid al-Nabawi' holiday, on the third month of the Islamic lunar calendar.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP

Image 3 of 9Muslims around the world celebrate the birth of the prophet, known in Arabic as the "Mawlid al-Nabawi" holiday, on the third month of the Islamic lunar calendar. SAFIN HAMED / AFP

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Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds join in prayer to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP

Image 4 of 9Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds join in prayer to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra. SAFIN HAMED / AFP

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Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.
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Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.
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Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in .
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Image 7 of 9Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in . Akra. SAFIN HAMED / AFP

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Religious symbols adorning the jacket of an Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurd are pictured during a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP

Image 8 of 9Religious symbols adorning the jacket of an Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurd are pictured during a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra. SAFIN HAMED / AFP

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Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra, 500 km north of Baghdad, on November 19, 2018.
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Image 9 of 9Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra, 500 km north of Baghdad, on November 19, 2018. SAFIN HAMED / AFP

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