Prophet Muhammad’s birthday is commemorated in Iran on 17 Rabi’ al-awwal of the Islamic calendar in accordance with Shia tradition. It is a national holiday.
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Muhammad is believed to be the final prophet of Allah and the greatest of all prophets, but he is thought of in Islam as the restorer of a much more ancient faith rather than as the beginner of a new religion. Between the ages of 40 and 63, till his death, he is said to have received revelations from Allah that are now recorded in the Koran, the Hadiths, and in some other sources.
On Muhammad’s Birthday, Iranian Muslims spend time reading, listening to, memorising, reciting, and meditating on the teachings and life of Muhammad. They also celebrate by feasting with friends and relatives and by giving charitable gifts to the poor.
In Iran, Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday falls on the same date as another national holiday, the birthday of Shia Imam Jafar Sadiq.