The cloak of the Prophet Mohammad (s) is now on display in Istanbul, Turkey, and officials said it would remain on show through Ramadan.
The cloak was unveiled at HÄ±rka-Ä± Åžerif Mosque in Istanbul on Friday during a ceremony attended by scores of Turkish officials as well scholars, diplomats and dignitaries, including Istanbul Governor HÃ¼seyin Avni Mutlu and Istanbul Mufti Mustafa Ã‡aÄŸrÄ±cÄ±.
The cloak is normally exhibited throughout Ramadan every year but it was displayed last year due to restoration work on the cloak.
â€œThe cloak is like those we all have. Sure, this one has a historical importance and value. What makes it valuable is that it is a gift of our Prophet (s). Thus, we should show our respect for our holy Prophet (s).We should only understand this cloak as a gift of our Prophet (s),â€ he added in a speech, reported by Turkeyâ€™s mass circulation daily Zaman and the Kuwaiti Alwatan newspaper.
BarÄ±ÅŸ Samir of the Turkish KÃ¶prÃ¼lÃ¼ family, the current heirs of the relic, said the holy historical object was brought to Istanbul by Ottoman Sultan AbdÃ¼lhamit I in 1611.
â€œThis year, our people are visiting the cloak for the 400th time. By the will of God, I hope that people will have the opportunity to visit this sacred trust for many hundreds of years to come. I hope we understand the message behind our beloved Prophet (s) gifting this cloak to a Yemeni shepherd he had never before seen,â€ she told Zaman.
Samir, who is a descendant of Uwais al-Qarani, the person to whom Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) gifted his cloak to, said the cloak was under restoration for more than a year, and thus it was not exhibited during last yearâ€™s Ramadan.
Large crowds turned out at the show following and many of them were emotional and prayed during their visits, according to Zaman.