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January 13, 2014

Muslims around the world celebrate the birth of Mohammed

Muslims around the world celebrate the birth of the Islamic Prophet Muhammed, who was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 570 AD. His birthday is marked in many ways in different Muslim nations. --Thea Breite (16 photos total)

An illuminated mosque on the eve of the Eid-Milad-ul-Nabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad, in Karachi, Pakistan, January 13, 2014. Eid-Milad-ul-Nabi, is celebrated all over the world every year with traditional festivity and religious fervor. (Shahzaib Akber/EPA)

Shi'ites shout slogans during a rally marking the birth anniversary of the Prophet Muhammed at a football stadium in Sana’a, Yemen January 13, 2014. The poster in the back is of the country's president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters) #

A Sufi Muslim man pierces his cheek during a celebration to mark the of birth anniversary of Islam's Prophet Mohammed in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, on January 13, 2014. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images) #

An Egyptian family sits on a motorbike under a banner with Arabic writing that reads, "Go down participate and say yes for Egypt's constitution and no for terrorism," as they watch a march to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammed in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (Khalil Hamra/AP) #

A Muslim boy waits to be circumcised at the Sidi Sahibi mausoleum during Eid-Milad-ul-Nabi, in Kairouan, Tunisia January 13, 2014. (Stringer/Reuters) #

Egyptians watch as Muslims march on the street to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammed in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (Khalil Hamra/AP) #

A member of a Lebanese Sufi Muslim group, with his mouth pierced with a skewer, takes part in a ritual to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed at the port city of Sidon, southern Lebanon January 13, 2014. (Ali Hashisho/Reuters) #

Shi'ites attend a rally marking the birth anniversary of the Prophet Muhammed at a football stadium in Sana’a, Yemen, January 13, 2014. (Khaled Abdullah/Reuters) #

Palestinians walk in a decorated street in the Old City of Nablus on Prophet Mohamed's birthday, 13 January 2014. (Alaa Badarneh/EPA) #

A follower of the Shiite Houthi group holds up a placard reading in Arabic “At your orders, oh messenger of Allah,” during celebrations marking the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammed in Sana’a, Yemen, 13 January 2014. (Yahya Arhab/EPA) #

Lebanese Sufi Muslims perform during a celebration to commemorate the birth of Muslim's Prophet Muhammed in the city of Sidon, southern Lebanon, 13 January 2014. (Stringer/EPA) #

Pakistani residents carry torches during celebrations on the eve of Eid-Milad-ul-Nabi in Lahore on January 13, 2014. (Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images) #

Libyans beat drums as they walk through the lanes of the old city of Tripoli towards Martyrs' Square as they celebrate the anniversary of Islam's Prophet Mohammed's birthday on January 13, 2014. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images) #

Tahaa Sharaf, 5, wears a headband with Arabic writing that reads, "At your order, oh messenger of Allah!" as he and his family who are members of the Shi'ite sect attend the celebration of Eid-Milad-ul-Nabi in Sana’a, Yemen, Monday, Jan. 13, 2014. (Hani Mohammed/AP) #

Sufi Muslims celebrate in the southern Lebanese city of Sidon, on January 13, 2014. (Mahmoud Zayyat /AFP/Getty Images) #

Whirling dervishes perform on the eve of the birth of Islam's Prophet Mohammed in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, on January 12, 2014. The dervishes are Sufis, a mystical form of Islam that preaches tolerance and a search for understanding. Those who whirl, like planets around the sun, turn dance into a form of prayer. (Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP/Getty Images) #

 
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