Millions of Muslims mark Eid al-Ghadir

Millions of Muslims mark Eid al-Ghadir

Million of Iranians along with many Muslims of other parts of the world have celebrated Eid al-Ghadeer, one of the most important religious feasts.

The Muslims commemorated the Eid al-Ghadeer, celebrating the occasion of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) appointing Imam Ali (PBUH) as his successor.

 The auspicious occasion is annually celebrated with various ceremonies and rituals in different cities, on the 18th of Dhu al-Hijjah in the Islamic calendar.  

Prophet Mohammd received a revelation from God, ordering him to halt the pilgrims at a pond called Khum, a place near Mecca, and to designate Imam Ali (PBUH) as his successor in guiding and ruling Muslims.

Eid al-Ghadeer is also known as Eid al-Akbar (the greatest Eid) in Islamic narrations, since Muslims believe that the mission of all the previous messengers of Allah became accomplished on this day. 

The event dates back to March 10, 632 CE, in the tenth year of Hijra, when Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) made his last Hajj pilgrimage known as the 'Hajjat-ul-Wida' or the Farewell Pilgrimage a few months before his demise. 

Imam Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic and world religious leader maintains that Ghadir is the continuation of the prophet’s mission and the torch-bearer of monotheism, which shows the dignity of Muhammad’s (PBUH) progeny. 

Ghadir is the completion of the religion, the perfection of God’s greatest bounty, the most magnificent feast of Allah; it is the feast for the righteous people, followers and supporters of the holy Prophet of Islam. Ghadir is the feast of Islamic justice and leadership, the feast of humanity, projecting light on the ideologies and inducing hopes in the hearts. It is the renewed covenant of the prophet’s mission in the guardianship of Imam Ali (’a).

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