Today (Wednesday) Egypt - and the Moslem world - celebrated the anniversary of the Birth of the Prophet Mohammed, founder of Islam, born in Mecca in 570.
Today (Wednesday) Egypt - and the Moslem world - celebrated the anniversary of the Birth of the Prophet Mohammed, founder of Islam, born in Mecca in 570. Following the traditional holiday's selling of special sweets and dolls, most Moslems attended religious services in the Mosques. One of the main services was conducted at the El Hussein Mosque in Cairo - El Hussein is said to have been a grandson of Mohammed's. At this service, president Anwar Sadat was present with other members of his Cabinet.
After the address by the Sheikh of the Mosque, President Sadat also spoke - and gave one of his strongest speeches since he became President 19 months ago, saying: "I promise you that we shall celebrate next year's birthday not only with the liberation of our territories and Jerusalem, but also by defeating the Israeli arrogance so that they may return once again, as God said in the Holy Koran, a forsaken and humiliated people".
The celebrations and Presidential speeches came also on the day before the Egyptian Head of State was due to fly to Moscow at the invitation of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party to discuss the Middle East situation. His visit to the Russian capital precedes President Nixon's visit due in May.