(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - On Friday 02 November 2012 Muslims of various nationalities and of all ages celebrated Eid Ghadir in Manchester, UK. These celebrations were held at the Manchester Islamic Centre (MIC) and lasted for three hours.
The programme started at 7 PM with congregational prayers followed by the Quran recitations and continued with speech and giving presents.
In his speech the Chairman of the (MIC), Sheikh Badeie, welcomed all the participants. He then went on to talk about the importance of Eid-ul-Ghadeer and explained why this great occasion should be celebrated, researched into, believed and why Muslims should follow the instructions left by the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) on his last Hajj (Hajjatul weda) in Ghadهr Khumm.
He referred to “verses 3 and 67” of “Sura Ma’eda” in the Holy Quran pointing to Ghadهr. In verse 3, Allah said “This day I have perfected your religion for you and completed my favour upon you and I have chosen Islam to be your faith.”
Prophet of Islam (PBUH) in some parts of his Ghadهr Khotba (sermon) in ‘Hajjatul weda’, said “I have left behind two precious things amongst you; one is greater than the other, the ‘book of Allah’ and my ‘itrah (kindred).
So watch out how you treat them after me, for verily they will not separate from each other until they come back to me by the side of the pond (in Paradise). Verily Allah is my lord and lord (mawla) and I am lord of all believers. Then he took ‘Imam Ali (AS)’ by the hand and said; This (Ali) is the lord of whomever I am his lord. O’ Allah, love whoever loves him and be the enemy of his enemy.”