MUSLIMS around the country today celebrate one of the most important events on the Islamic calendar — Prophet Mohammed's birthday.
Muslims believe that Prophet Mohammed is the chosen one to spread the word of Islam about 1840 years ago.
The head priest of Fiji Muslim League's Headquarters Mosque in Samabula Mufti Muhammad Zaeem said this day was gazetted by the Fiji government to celebrate the life of the Prophet Mohammed.
"Muslims do this every day but we take this opportunity to celebrate it collectively as a nation," Mufti Zaeem said.
He said Prophet Mohammed was the last and seal of all the prophets and messengers sent by the Almighty Allah — the creator of the heaven and the Earth and all therein.
"For the guidance of humanity, Allah over the period of time and wherever civilisation spread and existed, sent more or less 124,000 such messengers and prophets," Mufti Zaeem said.
He said Prophet Mohammed was loved and revered by Muslims precisely because he was chosen by Allah to reveal his words to mankind.
"Prophet Mohammed is not considered to be divine but a human being. However, he is seen as the most perfect of human beings, shining like a jewel among stones. He was born in 570 A D in one of the most powerful tribes Quraish in the city of Makka in Arabia.
"Quraish at that time had guardianship over the Ka'bah (the House of Worship first built by Ibraheeem in Makkah). An orphan brought up by his grandfather and later by his uncle, the young Mohammed displayed exceptional virtue as a trustworthy individual whom members of various tribes would invite to act as arbitrator in their disputes."
He said the young Mohammed was a believer in the one God all his life and never participated in the idolatrous practices of his tribe.
Mufti Zaeem said in Madinah, Prophet Mohammed established the first Islamic society which served as the model for all later Islamic societies.
He said the life history of this Noble Prophet was a perfect example of being upright, merciful, compassionate, truthful, brave, generous, distant from all evil character, and ascetic in all worldly matters.