The event of Ghadir Khumm 

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The event of Ghadir Khumm (Arabic and Persian: واقعه غدیر خم) was an event in February 632, where, among other things, the Islamic prophet Muhammad reportedly announced that “whomsoever to him/her I am protector, Ali is also his/her protector.” Shia Muslims believe this to be the appointment of Ali asMuhammad’s successor. Sunnis accept the historicity of the event, but they do not believe that this constituted an appointment of Ali as successor, and Sunnis do not believe that there was any such appointment of anyone. The day’s anniversary in the Islamic Calendar (18 Dhu al-Hijjah) is celebrated by Shias as Eid al-Ghadeer, but there was no such celebration among Sunnis.

The Investiture of Ali at Ghadir Khumm (MS Arab 161, fol. 162r, AD 1309/8 Ilkhanidmanuscript illustration)


The event of Ghadir Khumm
Also called Eid Al-Ghadeer
Type Shia islam
Significance Appointment of Ali as the successor of Muhammad according to Shia
Observances Prayers, giving gifts, festive meals, doing Ghusl,and reciting Du’a Nudba
Date 18 Dhu al-Hijjah
2016 date 20 September[1][2]


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