Shia Muslims began celebrating birthday of Imam Mahdi, the 12th infallible Imam from Ahl-e-Bait (AS). He is divine leader, saviour and Messiah of humanity. Eid-like festival
The birth day celebrations began from the sunset on Saturday when the night of neemah Shaaban started. The neema Shaaban i.e. 15th Shaaban continues until the sunset on Sunday (today).
Almost all buildings, streets, mosques and Imam Bargahs were seen illuminated in Shia neighborhoods in Pakistan and rest of the world. Apart from prays and sermons, receptions were organized on streets like concerts for jubilant youths as well.
The Eid-like festival was witnessed in said areas as people wear new clothes, sprayed perfumes, decorated their houses and streets.
Shia Muslims offered special prayers and prayed individually and also in congregations. They thank God Almighty for blessing and adoring leadership and guardianship of an infallible saviour of mankind.
Imam Mahdi also known as Imam Zaman is saviour of oppressed humanity who will liberate mankind from oppression and tyrannies. That is why he is considered the great infallible divine leader of the humanity.