Today's Zaman reported, the birth of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) was celebrated in a grand event in Istanbul on Sunday, and activities for the occasion will continue through April 20, ending a few days before usual so that the celebrations will not coincide with Children's Day on April 23.
Thousands of İstanbulites gathered on Sunday at the İstanbul Performance Center, where they listened to recitations of the Quran and poems read by famous figures and sung hymns to commemorate the birth of the Prophet Mohammed. Prophet Mohammed was born in the month of Rabi' al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar, in 571.
Professor Mustafa Çağrıcı, the mufti of İstanbul, stated in a speech at the event that Prophet Mohammed's birthday would be celebrated with around 700 activities to be held all across İstanbul this year. "I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who participated in our event. This year's celebration of Prophet Mohammed's birth anniversary will be more vibrant than ever," he noted.
Religious Affairs Directorate Vice President İzzet Er said around 13,000 activities will be organized throughout the country on this occasion. "There will be contests, conferences and panels. Our nation's love for the Prophet Mohammed is increasing day by day.
Today's violence-stricken, dark world can only be illuminated through his understanding of tolerance," he noted.
Er also said his directorate decided to celebrate Prophet Mohammed's birth anniversary earlier this year so that it wouldn't coincide with Children's Day, which falls on April 23. "Our celebrations will continue through April 20.
Our prophet guides us so that we can live together in peace, fraternity and solidarity. His care for all of humanity sets the best example for us. We need to convey his messages to future generations to strengthen our ties with others," he added.
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