(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The birthday anniversary of Imam Ali (AS) will be celebrated in a ceremony in Imam Ali Islamic Center in Vienna, Austria.
It includes speeches on different aspects of the Imam’s (AS) character and virtues, eulogy recitations and congregational prayers.
The program is slated for Monday, April 10, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Imam Ali’s (AS) birthday falls on the 13th of Rajab in the lunar Hijri calendar (this year on April 11).
He was Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s highly revered son-in-law and cousin as well as the first Imam of Shia Islam.
Imam Ali is respected for his courage, knowledge, belief, honesty, unbending devotion to Islam, deep loyalty to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), equal treatment of all Muslims and generosity in forgiving his defeated enemies.
Initiated in 1992 by the Islamic Republic of Iran under the name of Islamic Culture Center, the Islamic center in Vienna expanded its activities in 2000.
A year later, it was officially registered and renamed to "Imam Ali (AS) Islamic Center Vienna”. Since its establishment, the center has been actively trying to promote religious teachings as well as Islamic identity in the Austrian cross-cultural community.
In addition, it has made efforts to introduce the genuine face of Islam to non-Muslims in this European country.