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Houthis celebrate birth of Prophet Muhammad
The Houthis, an armed opposition group in northern Yemen which the government launched six wars against in nine years, recently publicised the intention to stage an unprecedented public celebration of the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday on January 24.
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2013 16:13


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A sign bearing the words "Prophet of God" near Sana's Change Square on January 18


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Tens of thousands of Houthis descended on a large, desolate site in the Hazia area of the Yemeni capital adjoining empty lots on one side and a mountain range on the other to hold the public celebration


Luke Somers/Al Jazeera
A boy carries his father's AK-47 assault rifle as they move towards the site of Thursday's large-scale Houthi gathering


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A week before the public celebration, a man at Sana’s Change Square sells Houthi memorabilia underneath a large banner featuring the movement's controversial slogan, "God is great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Damn the Jews, Victory to Islam." Now plastered and painted in public view throughout the capital city, the slogan was nowhere near as visible there only a year ago


Luke Somers/Al Jazeera
Houthis have in recent times developed into a potent political and media force. The group’s organisation was on display in the form of tightly-controlled checkpoints at the entrance to Thursday’s celebration


Luke Somers/Al Jazeera
The decision by Houthis to hold a public celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday was a departure from tradition in Sana’a, where the day has generally been observed by citizens in mosques or homes


Luke Somers/Al Jazeera
Thursday's Houthi celebration was held a relatively short distance from the site of a US drone strike which took place the day before


Luke Somers/Al Jazeera
A Houthi follower prays before various pieces of artwork bearing slogans and symbols directly concerned with the northern group's stances


Luke Somers/Al Jazeera
A message from Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the group's leader, was conveyed to the thousands in attendance on Thursday using a large video screen. Al-Houthi spoke out against what he claimed was a refusal by Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Yemeni president to sanction a public show of devotion to the Prophet Muhammad


Luke Somers/Al Jazeera
Said, who stated that he held US citizenship, said as he exited the site of the gathering that there were "a lot of misconceptions about Houthi ideas". While he said that he himself was not a Houthi, he estimated that "about 95 per cent"? of those present at the gathering were


Luke Somers/Al Jazeera
Among the thousands who departed by foot from Thursday's gathering, a man named Mohammed Hussein said January 24 was a day "for the Prophet, for all Muslims, and not just Houthis"


Luke Somers/Al Jazeera
The Houthi population, long-viewed as a war- and poverty stricken people, sometimes seen as victims and at others as aggressors, are expected to have a prominent presence at Yemen's planned National Dialogue Conference, which has the backing of the UN and a number of Western nations



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A sign bearing the words "Prophet of God" near Sana(***)s Change Square on January 18;*;Tens of thousands of Houthis descended on a large, desolate site in the Hazia area of the Yemeni capital adjoining empty lots on one side and a mountain range on the other to hold the public celebration ;*;A boy carries his father(***)s AK-47 assault rifle as they move towards the site of Thursday(***)s large-scale Houthi gathering;*;A week before the public celebration, a man at Sana’s Change Square sells Houthi memorabilia underneath a large banner featuring the movement(***)s controversial slogan, "God is great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Damn the Jews, Victory to Islam." Now plastered and painted in public view throughout the capital city, the slogan was nowhere near as visible there only a year ago ;*;Houthis have in recent times developed into a potent political and media force. The group’s organisation was on display in the form of tightly-controlled checkpoints at the entrance to Thursday’s celebration;*;The decision by Houthis to hold a public celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday was a departure from tradition in Sana’a, where the day has generally been observed by citizens in mosques or homes;*;Thursday(***)s Houthi celebration was held a relatively short distance from the site of a US drone strike which took place the day before;*;A Houthi follower prays before various pieces of artwork bearing slogans and symbols directly concerned with the northern group(***)s stances;*;A message from Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the group(***)s leader, was conveyed to the thousands in attendance on Thursday using a large video screen. Al-Houthi spoke out against what he claimed was a refusal by Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Yemeni president to sanction a public show of devotion to the Prophet Muhammad;*;Said, who stated that he held US citizenship, said as he exited the site of the gathering that there were "a lot of misconceptions about Houthi ideas". While he said that he himself was not a Houthi, he estimated that "about 95 per cent"? of those present at the gathering were;*;Among the thousands who departed by foot from Thursday(***)s gathering, a man named Mohammed Hussein said January 24 was a day "for the Prophet, for all Muslims, and not just Houthis";*;The Houthi population, long-viewed as a war- and poverty stricken people, sometimes seen as victims and at others as aggressors, are expected to have a prominent presence at Yemen(***)s planned National Dialogue Conference, which has the backing of the UN and a number of Western nations Daylife ID:
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Houthis celebrate birth of Prophet Muhammadhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-MuhammadThe Houthis, an armed opposition group in northern Yemen which the government launched six wars against in nine years, recently publicised the intention to stage an unprecedented public celebration of the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday on January 24. en-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:33:06 GMTFri, 25 Jan 2013 12:03:42 GMTHouthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammadhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=06G1akcczibU2

A sign bearing the words "Prophet of God" near Sana'a's Change Square on January 18

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=06G1akcczibU2Luke SomersAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A sign bearing the words "Prophet of God" near Sana'a's Change Square on January 18

Houthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammad
Houthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammadhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=0b3i1Fb36X207Tens of thousands of Houthis descended on a large, desolate site in the Hazia area of the Yemeni capital adjoining empty lots on one side and a mountain range on the other to hold the public celebration Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=0b3i1Fb36X207Luke SomersAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesTens of thousands of Houthis descended on a large, desolate site in the Hazia area of the Yemeni capital adjoining empty lots on one side and a mountain range on the other to hold the public celebration Houthis mark birth of Prophet MuhammadHouthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammadhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=05k33eA9pLb74

A boy carries his father's AK-47 assault rifle as they move towards the site of Thursday's large-scale Houthi gathering

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=05k33eA9pLb74Luke SomersAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A boy carries his father's AK-47 assault rifle as they move towards the site of Thursday's large-scale Houthi gathering

Houthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammad
Houthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammadhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=04nI8enenA84CA week before the public celebration, a man at Sana’a’s Change Square sells Houthi memorabilia underneath a large banner featuring the movement's controversial slogan, "God is great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Damn the Jews, Victory to Islam." Now plastered and painted in public view throughout the capital city, the slogan was nowhere near as visible there only a year ago Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:34:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=04nI8enenA84CLuke SomersAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesA week before the public celebration, a man at Sana’a’s Change Square sells Houthi memorabilia underneath a large banner featuring the movement's controversial slogan, "God is great, Death to America, Death to Israel, Damn the Jews, Victory to Islam." Now plastered and painted in public view throughout the capital city, the slogan was nowhere near as visible there only a year ago Houthis mark birth of Prophet MuhammadHouthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammadhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=07ZTdmr8I67vfHouthis have in recent times developed into a potent political and media force. The group’s organisation was on display in the form of tightly-controlled checkpoints at the entrance to Thursday’s celebrationFri, 25 Jan 2013 11:34:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=07ZTdmr8I67vfLuke SomersAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesHouthis have in recent times developed into a potent political and media force. The group’s organisation was on display in the form of tightly-controlled checkpoints at the entrance to Thursday’s celebrationHouthis mark birth of Prophet MuhammadHouthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammadhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=0gvWcWbdds22rThe decision by Houthis to hold a public celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday was a departure from tradition in Sana’a, where the day has generally been observed by citizens in mosques or homesFri, 25 Jan 2013 11:34:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=0gvWcWbdds22rLuke SomersAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesThe decision by Houthis to hold a public celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday was a departure from tradition in Sana’a, where the day has generally been observed by citizens in mosques or homesHouthis mark birth of Prophet MuhammadHouthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammadhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=03Amctlcm6e3K

Thursday's Houthi celebration was held a relatively short distance from the site of a US drone strike which took place the day before

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=03Amctlcm6e3KLuke SomersAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Thursday's Houthi celebration was held a relatively short distance from the site of a US drone strike which took place the day before

Houthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammad
Houthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammadhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=09oy8vU7hGbP8

A Houthi follower prays before various pieces of artwork bearing slogans and symbols directly concerned with the northern group's stances

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=09oy8vU7hGbP8Luke SomersAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A Houthi follower prays before various pieces of artwork bearing slogans and symbols directly concerned with the northern group's stances

Houthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammad
Houthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammadhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=08Vje1taVKfwNA message from Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the group's leader, was conveyed to the thousands in attendance on Thursday using a large video screen. Al-Houthi spoke out against what he claimed was a refusal by Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Yemeni president to sanction a public show of devotion to the Prophet MuhammadFri, 25 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=08Vje1taVKfwNLuke SomersAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload ImagesA message from Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, the group's leader, was conveyed to the thousands in attendance on Thursday using a large video screen. Al-Houthi spoke out against what he claimed was a refusal by Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Yemeni president to sanction a public show of devotion to the Prophet MuhammadHouthis mark birth of Prophet MuhammadHouthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammadhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=0grX1bB6v90fg

Said, who stated that he held US citizenship, said as he exited the site of the gathering that there were "a lot of misconceptions about Houthi ideas". While he said that he himself was not a Houthi, he estimated that "about 95 per cent" of those present at the gathering were

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=0grX1bB6v90fgLuke SomersAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Said, who stated that he held US citizenship, said as he exited the site of the gathering that there were "a lot of misconceptions about Houthi ideas". While he said that he himself was not a Houthi, he estimated that "about 95 per cent" of those present at the gathering were

Houthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammad
Houthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammadhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=00see5c0b4bol

Among the thousands who departed by foot from Thursday's gathering, a man named Mohammed Hussein said January 24 was a day "€œfor the Prophet, for all Muslims, and not just Houthis"

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=00see5c0b4bolLuke SomersAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Among the thousands who departed by foot from Thursday's gathering, a man named Mohammed Hussein said January 24 was a day "€œfor the Prophet, for all Muslims, and not just Houthis"

Houthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammad
Houthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammadhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=0f8Da1j3Qd38j

The Houthi population, long-viewed as a war- and poverty stricken people, sometimes seen as victims and at others as aggressors, are expected to have a prominent presence at Yemen's planned National Dialogue Conference, which has the backing of the United Nations and a number of Western nations

Fri, 25 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Houthis-celebrate-birth-of-Prophet-Muhammad?image_id=0f8Da1j3Qd38jLuke SomersAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The Houthi population, long-viewed as a war- and poverty stricken people, sometimes seen as victims and at others as aggressors, are expected to have a prominent presence at Yemen's planned National Dialogue Conference, which has the backing of the United Nations and a number of Western nations

Houthis mark birth of Prophet Muhammad


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