Birthday Of Imam Ali

Observed annually as a public holiday in Iran, Imam Ali’s Birthday is a day that commemorates the birthday of Ali ibn Abu Talib and is considered to be the first Imam by Shia Muslims. Imam Ali born on the 13th day of the month of Rajab in 599 AD was the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. He is recognized as an important individual for Muslims across the world — which is why this holiday is also a regional one in India as well.

The History Of Imam Ali’s Birthday

As we mentioned above, Imam Ali was born on the 13th day of the Islamic month of Rajab in 599 AD. He was the son of Abu Talib and Fatima bint Asda and the son0in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. He is also a person of “firsts” in the Muslim religion.

He was the first and only person to be born in the sanctuary of the Kaaba in Mecca and was the first person to accept Islam. When Caliph Uthman ibn Affan was assassinated, he would become Caliph and rule until 661. While saying prayers at the Great Mosque of Kufa, he was hit in the head with a poisonous sword by Ibn Muljam and he would die two days later.

Facts About Iran

Let’s go over a few facts about Iran before we continue discussing this holiday. Below are some facts that we’ve learned about this country while we researched Imam Ali’s Birthday.

  • Iran has a population of over 80 million people.
  • Iran has its own calendar and it’s a solar calendar.
  • Iran was once called Persia. Iran means “Land of the Aryans.”

Observing Imam Ali’s Birthday

This holiday is celebrated not only in Iran but also anywhere else that has a dominant Muslim population. Muslim Devotees will gather to offer prayers at their local mosque. People will also orchestrate elaborate feasts and mosques are lit up for the occasion. Because it’s a public holiday, schools and many businesses are closed on this holiday.

Where is it celebrated?
Iran (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
February 4 Saturday
Next year (2024)
January 24 Wednesday
Last year (2022)
February 15 Tuesday