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(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week’s gallery includes celebrations of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, Christmas preparations and more.

Children in London walk through the Cathedral of Light as part of the illuminated trail through Kew Gardens magnificent after-dark landscape, lit up by over one million twinkling lights on Nov. 21, 2018. The spectacular light and sound installations run from Nov. 22, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

A young Sikh boy in Jammu, India participates in a procession on Nov. 21, 2018, ahead of the anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism and the first Sikh guru, marked each year on Nov. 23. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

Members of Ethiopia’s Jewish community gather at the synagogue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 19, 2018,  to protest the Israeli government’s decision not to allow all of them to emigrate to Israel, leaving their families divided between the two countries. Representatives of the 8,000 Jews in Ethiopia urged the Ethiopian Jews living in Israel to think carefully before voting for Israel’s ruling party, the Likud, over the delays in repatriation to Israel. The banner above their heads reads “Welcome” in Amharic, English and Hebrew. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

Children watch as a camel walks past during a procession to celebrate Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, or the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, in New Delhi, India, on Nov. 21, 2018. India’s Muslims are a minority in the predominantly Hindu state, but they are one of the largest Muslim populations in the world. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Workers install a 68-foot-tall Christmas tree at the Vatican, on Nov. 22, 2018. The tree was donated by the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in the northern Italian Consiglio forest. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

A wedding hall in Kabul, Afghanistan, is seen Nov. 21, 2018, a day after a suicide attack. A suicide bomber was able to sneak into the wedding hall where hundreds of Muslim religious scholars and clerics had gathered to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Lidia Steineman, who lost her home in the Camp Fire, prays during a vigil for fire victims on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Chico, Calif. More than 50 people gathered at the memorial for the victims. People hugged and shed tears as Pastor Jesse Kearns recited a prayer for first responders. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, Pool)

A market is decorated with lights for Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi, the holiday celebrating the birth of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad in the year 570, on Nov. 20, 2018, in Lahore, Pakistan. Thousands of Pakistani Muslims take part in religious processions, ceremonies and distributing free meals among the poor. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Pakistani Muslims distribute food to people gathered to celebrate the birthday of Islam’s Prophet, Muhammad, who was born in the year 570, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on Nov. 21, 2018. To mark the holiday, thousands of Pakistani Muslims take part in religious processions, ceremonies and by distributing free meals to the poor. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

People light lamps at the Banganga pond as they celebrate the Hindu Dev Diwali festival in Mumbai, India, on Nov. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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  • The birthday of “Prophet Muhammed”? Would you write Prophet in front of the name of the president of the Mormon church? He is “Prophet Muhammed” to Muslims, not to anyone else. Would be far more appropriate to write – as objective journalists – “the birthday of the Muslim prophet, Muhammed” or something that conveys that prophet status is a faith statement, made (only) by those who believe he is a prophet.

  • I’m guessing the the RNS staff didn’t write the captions as the photos are from the AP and likely came with the captions. Two say Prophet Mohammed and two say Islam’s Prophet Mohammed. Seems a silly quibble unless one was anti-Muslim.

  • Prefacing Jesus with “The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” would then seem appropriate and anyone that would object could be deemed ant-Christian.

  • There are three that say “Prophet Muhammad” and two that (properly) qualify it with “Islam’s.” My point is still the same. Consistency and accuracy require that it be qualified in order to preserve the objectivity of the reporting. I see no basis for determining whether RNS or AP came up with the titles, but in either case, it should not be an unqualified “Prophet Muhammad” unless the article is pushing a particular faith-based point of view. I would have the same objection if it referred to Ellen White as “the Prophet Ellen White” or if it called Moses “the Prophet Moses.” I don’t think I’m anti-Muslim in the least. I am for accuracy, consistency, and objectivity, however.

  • 1) Kids sitting on a motor scooter watching a camel go by! That’s a great juxtaposition of the old and the new.
    2) So much sadness in the wedding hall picture.
    3) Muslims say “peace be upon him” with respect to Muhammad. I say “peace be upon them” with respect to the world’s Muslims. We should always wish the best at heart level for other people with ideologies not like our own.
    4) Thanks to RNS always for the weekly photos.