Largest Gathering of Muhammads-world
record set in Libya
ZAWIA, Libya -- 20,000
Muhammads from across Libya and beyond turned up to set the
new world record for the Largest Gathering of Muhammads.
Ammar Mohamed, Zawia City Senior official
and event organizer:
"We only invited residents of this city, but were surprised
when people came from all over Libya and beyond.
Muslims named Mohammed came here to announce
to the world that their name is sacred and that it means a
lot to us."
Muhammad/Mohammed (which means "praiseworthy"
in Arabic) is the most common Muslim name and probably one
of the most popular men's name in the world.
Muslims choose this name mainly out of reverence
for the Prophet, while some are thinking of a beloved family
member or a famous Muhammad, such as Ali (the Egyptian Khedive)
or Jinnah (Pakistan's founder).
Libya has previously set the World Record for
the highest temperature in the world – 58 degrees Celsius
(136 Fahrenheit) in 1922 -- and the world's tallest basketball
player, Suleiman Ali Nashnush at 245 cm (8.04 feet).
The previous world record for the largest
gathering of people named Mohammed was 1096 people and was
organised in Dubai during the 2005 Dubai Shopping Festival.
Prior to Dubai, the previous record for
a same-name gathering was created by 375 Marias in Spain in
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