Muslims in Iran and across the globe are holding celebrations to commemorate the auspicious occasion of Eid al-Mab’ath — the anniversary of the day Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was chosen as God’s messenger.
Iranians are holding ceremonies in the capital, Tehran, and other cities on Thursday to mark the occasion, which falls on the 27th of the month of Rajab on the lunar calendar.
Eid al-Mab’ath is a public holiday in Iran. On this day, Muslims gather at holy cities and sites, including Mashhad and Qom, to take part in religious feasts.
People also distribute sweets and congratulate each other on the streets and in previously-decorated mosques.
Muhammad (PBUH) often retreated to the Hira cave outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to pray to God, to reflect on life.
He was nearly 40 on August 10, 610 CE when the angel Gabriel descended and asked him for three times to read the holy Quran revealed to him. Muhammad, who did not know how to read and write, was then able to read in full and began to teach others the holy words of God.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said in a Thursday speech on the occasion of Eid al-Maba’th that the front standing against the prophetic mission is the front of ignorance.
“Today, the humanity needs, more than ever, to understand the meaning and truth of the prophetic mission,” Ayatollah Khamenei said, noting that Eid al-Maba’th marks the taking up of efforts to eradicate human suffering.