Muslims celebrate Eid al-Mab’ath, day God chose Muhammad as last messenger
Muslims in Iran and across the globe are holding ceremonies celebrate Eid al-Mab’ath — the anniversary of the day Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was chosen as God’s last messenger.
Eid al-Mab’ath falls on the 27th of Rajab, the seventh month in the Islamic lunar calendar.
This day is a public holiday in Iran and Muslim nations.
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.
Fourteen-hundred years ago, a man born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, changed the course of history. For one and half billion Muslims, he is the last and greatest of that long line of prophets who have brought the word of God to humanity.
Today Islam and its followers are on the receiving end of some of the most vicious attacks, for the appalling acts of a few.
At a time when many in the West under the influence of the mainstream media see Islam as a violent, intolerant faith, Muslims are responsible to shed light on true Islam and win the hearts and minds of people unfamiliar with Islam.