Thousands celebrate Prophet Mohammed’s birthday in Al-Thowra stadium

Published on 14 January 2014 in Photo Essay
Ali Abulohoom (author)

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Tens of thousands of Zaidi Shiites gathered on Monday at Al-Thowra stadium in Sana'a to commemorate the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed‭. ‬In the photograph‭, ‬a man holds up Arabic text that reads‭, ‬زAt thy service‭, ‬O Messenger of Allah!

Tens of thousands of Zaidi Shiites gathered on Monday at Al-Thowra stadium in Sana'a to commemorate the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed‭. ‬In the photograph‭, ‬a man holds up Arabic text that reads‭, ‬زAt thy service‭, ‬O Messenger of Allah!

A massive crowd gathered to celebrate Prophet Mohammed’s birthday on Monday at the Al-Thowra stadium in northern Sana’a.   

The ceremony was organized by the Shiite Houthis, and according to the event’s organizers, more than 100,000 attended.

In addition to the 30,000 who filled the seats at Al-Thowra, thousands found a home on the stadium’s grass.

People came from all over the country to celebrate the occasion. The Houthis advertised the event via media outlets such as Al-Masira TV channel and Al-Hawia Weekly.

In a rare appearance, Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, the current leader of Ansar Allah, the political wing of the group, addressed the crowd from his stronghold in Sa’ada via a live-video message.  

In his speech, Al-Houthi stressed the importance of supporting the National Dialogue Conference’s (NDC) outcomes.

“The NDC’s outcomes will certainly be the solution to the political and economic problems we have all been complaining about since the former President [Ali Abdulla Saleh] came to power,” Al-Houthi told the crowd.

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