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Congratulations on the anniversary of Imam Mahdi’s (AJ) birthday and the International day of the oppressed!


On Sunday millions of Muslims around the world are holding ceremonies to celebrate the anniversary of the birthday of the twelfth and last Shia Imam, Imam Mahdi (Peace Be Upon Him).

To show their desire for peace and prosperity, Muslims say prayers for emergence of the Imam from Major Occultation during the year and at the summit of it on the birthday of Imam which in 2019 is on April 21.

Mid-Sha’ban, the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, marks the joyous occasion.

Imam Mahdi, known as the Savior or Messiah, was born almost 1,200 years ago and is still alive by the grace of God.

The awaited Savior is not a solely Shia concept as other religions share the same belief in the final redeemer of the world whom in Zoroastrianism is called Soshyant, and in Abrahamic religions is Messiah.

In Shia eschatology, Imam Mahdi is the prophesied redeemer, who will fill the world with peace and justice and rid the world of evil. 

Every year, millions of Muslims around the world hold festivities to honor the event.

The occasion which falls on April 21st this year, is a national holiday in Iran. 

In Iran, people decorate and light up streets and gather inside mosques and other religious sites nationwide to celebrate the auspicious occasion. They also arrange their wedding ceremonies on this night to bring a life-long happiness to their marital life. Expectedly, wedding halls are all previously booked for the Mid-Shaban night and it is a night for many openings.

Another part of Mid-Shaban ceremonies and celebrations is fireworks the apex of which can be seen at Tehran’s Milad Tower which lights the night sky of the capital, and also at Qom’s Jamkaran Mosque.

The birthday ceremony of Imam Mahdi is Iran"s biggest festival of lights and happiness across the country and all Shia and Sunni Muslims and even non-Muslims celebrate the event and share their happiness. According to Islamic beliefs, the Savior Imam Mahdi will be accompanied by Jesus Christ (PBUH) after his reappearance and in his fight against the evil.

Keeping up with the tradition, the people distribute cookies, sweets and juice on the streets greeting the passer-bys by congratulations.

May Allah hasten his reappearance!

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