Millions of Muslims in Iran and across the world are celebrating Eid al-Mab’ath which is the anniversary of the day Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was chosen as God’s messenger.

Iran Press/Iran news: Eid al-Mab’ath is a public holiday in Iran and to commemorate the revered occasion, Iranians hold celebrations in Tehran and other cities every year. On this day, Muslims gather at holy cities and sites, including Mashhad and Qom, to take part in religious feasts.

The occasion falls on the 27th of the month of Rajab on the lunar calendar, which has coincided with March 22 this year.

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 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.

Prior to his prophetic mission, Muhammad (PBUH) used to retreat to the Hira cave, located on Nour Mountain outside the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, spending many hours alone in prayer and reflecting on life.

He was especially concerned about social unrest, injustice, widespread discrimination, fighting among tribes and abuse of tribal authorities prevalent in pre-Islam Arabia.

The prophet was tasked with delivering the message of peace to humanity and declaring Allah’s Oneness to idolaters and polytheists of the world. He was sent to confirm the essential teachings of monotheism as preached by earlier prophets, including Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus.

This year, due to concerns over Coronavirus in most Islamic countries, there are some restrictions on public events and celebrations, including religious festivities. 212/ 104

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