The 1,496th birth anniversary of Paigambar Muhammad was observed today with various programmes.

Paigambar Hazrat Muhammad is considered the messenger of the God. Paigambar Muhammad was born in Mecca of Saudi Arabia and he was later moved to Medina. The Islamic calendar (Hijari Sambat) was launched 53 years after his birth. Presently, Hijari Sambat 1443 is running. Since the beginning of the creation, Mecca and Medina were pilgrimage sites for the followers of all religions.

The Quran, the major religious text of Muslims, was revealed in the course of preaching by Muhammad and since then, Mecca and Medina developed as major religious shrines for Muslims.

So Muslims are religiously bound to visit Mecca and Medina once in their life. The journey to the sites is called the 'Haj' Today marks the commemoration of the preaching of Muhammad.

Rallies and gatherings were scheduled for today.

People from the Muslim community visited Jame Masjid (mosque) and the Kashmiri Jame Masjid to pay homage to their 'Prophet of God'. It is said that recommended health protocols were followed during the celebration of the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 20, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.