Shia Muslims around the world mourn Prophet Muhammad’s demise
The 28th day of Safar, which is the second month in the Islamic calendar, is a public holiday in Iran. It commemorates two important events to Shia Muslims, the demise of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his grandson, Imam Hassan, the second Shia Imam.
Muslims in Iran and other countries around the world held rituals on Tuesday to mourn this important Islamic anniversary.
Prophet Muhammad announced his death on his last pilgrimage to Mecca before his illness and afterwards in front of his companions and during a public speech, without any ambiguity.
The Holy Prophet was born around 570 AD in Mecca. His father died before he was born and he was raised first by his grandfather and then his uncle. He belonged to a poor but respectable family of the Quraysh tribe.
He died on the 28th day of Safar, in the the 11th year of the Islamic calendar (632 AD) at the age of 62 or 63, and was buried at al-Masjid an-Nabawi (the Mosque of the Prophet) one of the first mosques built by Muhammad in Medina.
There is no consensus between Shia and Sunnis on the date of the death of the Prophet.
The date of death of his is considered by Sunni scholars to have taken place in the month of Rabi al-Awal, the third month in the Islamic calendar. However, they differ on what day. Some mentioned the first day, some the second day and some the twelfth day of this month.
Prophet Muhammad was the last and greatest messenger of God. He was the supreme creation of God. A prophet whom God Almighty has praised many times in the Holy Quran.
One of the greatest characteristics of the Holy Prophet was his patience and perseverance, which, according to himself, no prophet has suffered as much and endured as many hardships as he did in the path of preaching people to the right path.
He sacrificed himself so much for the people of his time that God has said in the Qur'an that you should not torment yourself so much.