Sending separate messages to the heads of the Islamic states, President Rouhani expressed hope that those “who care about Muslim Ummah and lovers of the Holy Prophet of Islam would pay due attention, more than ever, to the necessity of the Islamic unity", reported CINVU.
The President stressed that Islamic unity is a must now that the “world of Islam is burning in the fire of extremism and provocative acts to trigger tribal and religious prejudice and now that enemies of Islam are presenting a distorted and wrong image of Islam which is a religion of peace and against its holy prophet.”
President Rouhani also hoped that true lovers of Islam would “pave the way for spread of peace, justice, progress and spirituality among Muslim nations by following morals of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and his attitude which was based on tolerance.”
Muslims hold week-long celebrations worldwide – designated as ˈIslamic Unity Weekˈ – to mark the birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). Sunni Muslims celebrate 12 Rabiul Awwal and Shia Muslims mark 17 Rabiul Awwal as the Prophet’s birthday.
The Islamic Unity Week is marked between 12 and 17 of Rabiul Awwal. This period in which Muslims ponder on the fundamental call of unity according to the Holy Quran was initiated by the Founder of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini, following the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979. Since its inception, the Islamic Unity Week has been marked annually, not only in Iran, but also throughout the world, and has played an important role in bringing the various Islamic Schools of Thought on a single platform.