Wednesday, 29 August 2018
source: shiitenews

Wilayat and Imamat Week started with Eid-e-Ghadeer celebrations across Pakistan where Shia Muslims have decorated their areas, streets and houses like brides in commemoration of the formal announcement of Wilayat (guardianship/leadership) of Hazrat Ali (AS) by Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH), the Prophet of Islam and last apostle of God.
The Prophet of Islam declared in his address to all pilgrims on return from Hajj at Ghadeer-e-Khum on way back to Medina that: Man Kunto Maulah FaAli-yun-Maulah. He told the followers (Ummat) that Ali (AS) is Maula like himself for his followers and Maula, the Arabic word is used for guardian/leader also.
Shia Muslims commemorate that formal declaration of Wilayah of Imam Ali (AS) on 18th of Zilhajj every year.
In Pakistan, Shia Muslims begin weeklong celebrations at night between 17th and 18th Zilhajj (as per Islamic lunar calendar). From Karachi to Gilgit-Baltistan and from Parachinar to Quetta, Shia Muslims have begun hosting special programmes of Eid-e-Ghadeer.
They recite Ziyarat of commander of faithful Imam Ali (AS) and also offer special recommended prayers. Congregations are being held where that historic sermon is narrated by speakers with its Urdu translation. Religious scholars elaborate the epoch-making declaration of Wilayat of Imam Ali by Prophet of Islam. Poets recited their poetry on that incident.
Eid-e-Ghadeer celebrations remain the centuries old tradition of Shia Muslims and continue till to date. The Wilayat and Imamat week concludes on 24th Zilhajj when Shia Muslims commemorate the Eid-e-Mubahila, another unforgettable historical event when Prophet of Islam Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) took his daughter Bibi Fatima (AS), the son-in-law and cousin Imam Ali (AS) and grandsons Imam Hassan and Imam Hussain (PBUT) to prove that his claim that he was the last Messenger of God with Godís chosen religion Islam.
Eminent Christians of Najran (present-day Saudi Arabia) had withdrawn their challenge to Prophet of Islam.

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