The Yemeni capital Sana’a and other provinces have on Wednesday witnessed mass rallies in several main squares to celebrate the annual anniversary of Al-Walaya Day, the day on which the Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) selected Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib as his successor.
In the capital Sana’a, three marches took place in which thousands of people gathered in the western square of the Thawra Park, the Dayari Square in front of the old university gate, and the southern square of the Sabaeen Park, while two mass rallies for women were held in the square of the People’s Mosque and al-Thawra stadium.
The participants declared their allegiance to Allah, his Messenger, Imam Ali and to the nation of Huda (peace be upon them), chanting slogans rejecting the “hegemony of the devil’s forces in the world, led by America and the Zionist entity.”
The participants in the celebrations emphasised that they will follow Imam Ali’s approach and will learn lessons from his life, specifically his courage and heroism in the face of tyrants and oppressors.
During the rallies, speeches, poems and songs were delivered, emphasising and expressing the greatness of Imam Ali, his wisdom and sacrifices in confronting the tyrants of his time.
In the context of this morning, mass celebrations were held in various directorates of Sana’a province, in addition to Saada, Taiz, Hodeidah, Amran, Jawf, Hajjah, Mahweet, Dhamar, Raymah, Ibb, Dhalea and Bayda provinces .
Eid al-Ghadir marks the occasion on which the Prophet Muhammad publicly proclaimed Ali as his successor to be leader of the Islamic Ummah. The day is celebrated by Muslims around the world.