Iranians celebrate birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad
Iran is marking the birth anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) with celebrations and special ceremonies.
The joyous occasion falls this year on Sunday, October 24, 2021. It also coincides with the birth of the sixth Shia Imam, Imam Ja'afar Sadiq.
The Prophet's birth anniversary is one of the great holidays in Islam and an official holiday
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.
Sunni Muslims celebrate this festival on the 12th of Rabi al-Awal and Shias on the 17th of Rabi al-Awal, hence the name Islamic Unity Week.
Unlike Christianity, which allows the depiction of Jesus and Mary, Muslims are forbidden from displaying any pictures of Prophet Muhammad.
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 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.