Rejoicing in their millions, Iranians are marking the birth anniversary of the twelfth Shia Imam, Imam Mahdi (Peace be Upon Him), who is regarded as the ultimate redeemer.
The fifteenth day of Sha’aban, the eighth month of the lunar calendar, which fell on Friday this year, marks the auspicious occasion.
Imam Mahdi (PBUH) was born almost 1,200 years ago.
According to Shia teachings, Imam Mahdi (PBUH) is the prophesied redeemer. Shia teachings postulate that he will reappear once the world is about to be totally overcome by tyranny, and he will emancipate it from the clutches of evil.
Iranians mark the jubilee by holding celebrations, festooning buildings across the city and attending passionate eulogies.
The occasion is a national holiday in Iran.
Shia Muslims are assured of the Imam’s eventual reappearance. The article of faith evolves from the belief among Muslims that good invariably conquers evil, equipping them with the resilience and tenacity to endure all instances of iniquity.