RNA – On April 3rd, the celebration of Eid al-Maba’th, the anniversary of the beginning of the Prophet Muhammad’s prophetic mission, was held with the presence scholars, religious personalities, professors, students and staff of the Islamic Seminary of Qom and various groups of laypeople in the houses and offices of the sources of emulation.
On the 27th of Rajab in the 40th Year of the Elephant, the Prophet Muhammad was ordered by God to declare his prophethood to the world. At that time, he was forty years old.
Celebrations of Eid al-Maba’th were held at the home and offices of Ayatollahs Lotfollah Safi- Golpaygani, Hoseyn Vahid-Khorasani, Naser Makarem-Shirazi, Hoseyn Nouri-Hamadani, Jafar Sobhani, Seyyed Mousa Shobeyri-Zanjani and other sources of emulation and scholars in the holy city of Qom.
Also, the celebration of Eid al-Maba’th was held in Qom in the presence of personalities, the people of Qom the scholars at the Office of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei.
In these ceremonies, the speakers explained the philosophy of the mission of the Prophet Muhammad and considered the most important lesson of his mission as confronting ignorance and saving humankind from misguidance. They also emphasized the problems of the Muslim world today.
It was stated that if Muslims would follow the same path that was emphasized on by the Prophet, they wouldn’t face many problems today.
On this auspicious day, a group of seminarians from the Islamic Seminary of Qom were bestowed with the honour of wearing the blessed and honourable clothing and turban of the clergy.
Shi’ah clergy wear a white or black turban, a special ankle-length coat called a qaba, with an aba, a loose, sleeveless cloak, which open in front worn over the qaba. The black turban is only worn by a cleric who is a sayyid, someone descended from the Prophet Muhammad (S).
This uniform is considered an honour to wear by the clerics and is only given after several years of seminary studies. It comes with heavy responsibilities and it an honour which is not taken lightly.
It’s worth mentioning that ceremonies marking Eid al-Maba’th were also held at the Holy Shrine of Lady Fatimah al-Ma’sumah, Jamkaran Mosque as well as at other holy sites, mosques and other religious places throughout Qom and Iran.
In celebration, Iranians also set up “salawati” stations where they distribute sweets and sherbet to those passing by.
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