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Muslims mourn prophet's demise anniversary with social distancing

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Mashhad

Muslims are marking the passing anniversary of Prophet Mohamamd. In Iran, the coronavirus has canceled most of the mourning processions. Our correspondent Yusef Jalali has traveled to the northeastern city of Mashhad which is the hotspot of mourning ceremonies for the prophet of Islam.

Muslims across the world are mourning the death anniversary of their Prophet Mohammad.

As of every year, the holy shrine of Imam Reza, the eighth Shia Imam and a descendant of Prophet Mohammad hosts pilgrims who converge on the holy site to mourn the demise of their prophet.

This year, however, there's difference, the coronavirus pandemic has called off most of the ceremonies, and the holy shrine of Imam Reza has hosted fewer number of pilgrims.

Prophet Mohammad was born in modern day Saudi Arabia in a society gripped by violence, ignorance and sexual and social discrimination. He was viewed as the savior who became a beacon of hope for those oppressed by the powerful.

Prophet Muhammad continues win the hearts of Muslims across different generations, who remember him as the prophet of mercy. Muslims say they mourn his demise, but celebrate his legacy of humanity and equality.

Muslims believe in a world gripped by all kinds of crises, teachings of Prophet Mohammad can be a source of solace. They find the spiritual occasion of his demise a chance to pray to God to save humankind from the new pandemic.

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