Iran celebrates Shia Muslims’ biggest holiday of Eid al-Ghadir

Shia Muslims in Iran and other countries celebrate Eid al-Ghadir, the most important festive event in the Islamic calendar.

Eid al-Ghadir marks the anniversary of the day Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) appointed his cousin and son-in-law, Ali ibn Abi Talib, as his successor and leader of the Muslim community.

Imam Ali, the first Shia Imam, was appointed by the Prophet Muhammad to a place near the holy city of Mecca called Ghadir Khum. The occasion is marked every year at the end of the Hajj season.

Being a celebratory occasion, Eid al-Ghadir is seen by Muslims as a chance to know more about Imam Ali and why he was appointed by the Prophet as the first Imam.

Shia Muslims have 12 imams or religious leaders, the first of whom was Imam Ali and the last is Imam Mahdi, who is considered the prophesied savior of the world and currently lives in occultation.

While all imams are equally revered among Muslims, Imam Ali holds a special position in Islam as the father of Shia Islam and a symbol of Islamic justice.

Shia Muslims around the world celebrate this auspicious event every year with various customs.

In the capital Tehran, people held a 10-kilometer celebration along the city’s longest street to pay homage to Imam Ali, his holy house and their faithful devotees.

Thousands of people living in the Iranian capital took part in the celebration, which was organized to be a jovial event, including various forms of entertainment for children and adults, votive meals and musical performances.

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