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Tourists flock to Mosques on Prophet’s Birthday

Friday 01/December/2017 - 03:52 PM
Sada El Balad
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Al-Hussein Mosque, Al-Azhar Mosque، and Ahl al-Bayt shrines have received on Friday tourists of different nationalities، on the Prophet’s Birthday.

Security forces in Cairo have intensified early morning at Al-Hussein Mosque vicinity، in coinciding with the celebrations of Prophet birthday.

Noteworthy، Mawlid al-Nabi، the Birthday of the Prophet، is a holiday in the religious tradition of Islam، one of the world's largest religions، according to encyclopedia.

Mawlid al-Nabi celebrates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad، the founder of Islam. Born in Mecca on August 20، 570 C. E.، he was a shepherd and a trader who began to receive revelations from God when he was forty years old.

Over the next twenty-three years، he not only established the Islamic religion، but also brought an unprecedented degree of political unity to the Arab tribes.

His birth is considered an event of major importance in the Muslim world because he was the last of the prophets and the one to whom the Qur'an (the holy book of the Islamic faith) was revealed.

Joyful but low-key observance of the Prophet's birthday dates back to early centuries of Muslim history. These observances grew larger and more complex over time.

The biggest Mawlid al-Nabi celebrations in the Middle East usually take place in Egypt. Official Egyptian celebrations can be traced back to the time of the Fatimid Dynasty (909-1171)، whose rulers traced their own ancestry back to Muhammad.

In those days، the festivities began with prayers at the al-Azar mosque and concluded with readings from the Qur'an given in the royal palace. Poor people، mosque guardians، and religious officials who attended the palace event were given specially prepared sweets.

Today، Mawlid al-Nabi is a public holiday in more than forty countries around the world. Muslims gather together in groups to remember Muhammad on his birthday. They honor the birth of Muhammad in a wide variety of ways that reflect their heritage، culture، and local customs.

In Egypt، Muhammad's birthday is celebrated by illuminating the city of Cairo and with special ceremonies and performances، including a DHIKR.

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