Iraqi Sufis Celebrate Prophet's Birthday With Unique Rituals

Published November 22nd, 2018 - 09:20 GMT

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. 
SAFIN HAMED / AFP

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

Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed  on November 19, 2018.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP

Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed on November 19, 2018. SAFIN HAMED / AFP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP

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. SAFIN HAMED / AFP

Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra. 
SAFIN HAMED / AFP
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed  on November 19, 2018.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP
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
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds join in prayer to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in .
Akra.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP
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
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.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra. 
SAFIN HAMED / AFP
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra. SAFIN HAMED / AFP
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed  on November 19, 2018.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed on November 19, 2018. SAFIN HAMED / AFP
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
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
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds join in prayer to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds join in prayer to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in the Kurdish town of Akra. SAFIN HAMED / AFP
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed. SAFIN HAMED / AFP
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed. SAFIN HAMED / AFP
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in .
Akra.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP
Iraqi Sufi Muslim Kurds take part in a ritual ceremony to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed in . Akra. SAFIN HAMED / AFP
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
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
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.
SAFIN HAMED / AFP
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. SAFIN HAMED / AFP