The Cultural Council of the Embassy of Iran Nairobi congratulates all Muslim brothers and Sisters in Kenya on the occasion of Nisf- Shaaban .
One of the most important religious occasions among Shia Muslims is the 15th of Shaban which is the birthday of the Twelfth and last Shia Imam, Imam Mahdi.
The occasion of Mid-Shaban is marked by devotion and celebration among Muslims, especially Shias.
The birthday ceremony of Imam Mahdi is Iran’s biggest festival of lights and happiness across the country and all Shia Muslims celebrate the event and share their happiness.
Imam Mahdi (PBUH) was born on the 15th day of the month of Sha’ban on the lunar calendar around 1,200 years ago.
According to Shia teachings, he is the Savior, who will reappear on earth as per divine decree, establishing peace and ridding the world of injustice, discrimination, and other instances of evil.
Imam Mahdi (PBUH)’s father, Imam Hassan al-Askari, would keep his birth and identity from the tyrants of the time, who intended to assassinate Imam Mahdi. Their efforts and ill intention, however, failed to either come in the way of the Imam’s birth or harm him afterwards.
Shia Muslims thus await the Savior’s reemergence, which is expected to transpire on a Friday, with enthusiasm.