TEHRAN (Press TV) -- Muslims across the world are mourning the passing away anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him). As of every year, the holy shrine of Imam Reza, the eighth Shia Imam and a descendant of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) hosts pilgrims who converge on the holy site to mourn the demise of their prophet. This year, however, there is a difference; the coronavirus pandemic has called off most of the ceremonies, and the holy shrine of Imam Reza has hosted a fewer number of pilgrims. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was born in modern-day Saudi Arabia in a society gripped by violence,
ignorance, sexual and social discrimination. He was viewed as the savior who became a beacon of hope for those oppressed by the powerful. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) continues to win the hearts of Muslims across different generations, who remember him as the prophet of mercy. Muslims say they mourn his passing away, but celebrate his legacy of humanity and equality. They believe in a world gripped by all kinds of crises, teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) can be a source of solace. Muslims find the spiritual occasion of his demise a chance to pray to God to save humankind from the new pandemic.