Muslims Mark Ashura in Commemoration of Imam Hussein (AS) Martyrdom
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Shiite Muslims in Iran and other countries held massive mourning ceremonies on Thursday, the day of Ashura, to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions.
In Iran, devotees in all cities and villages performed the religious ritual of wearing black clothes, listening to elegies recounting the tragic events in the Battle of Karbala, slapping their chests and chanting in commemoration of their beloved Imam.
Ashura, the 10th day of the lunar month of Muharram, marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and his 72 faithful companions in the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD.
Every year on Ashura, millions of Shiites around the world, dressed in black, take to the streets and mosques to mourn the sad occasion.
Muharram ceremonies represent the never-ending and unswerving stance of the truth against falsehood and the humanity’s struggle against tyranny, the cause for which Imam Hussein (AS) sacrificed his life.
The rituals are observed in ultimate magnificence in the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala in Iraq, the latter of which hosts Imam Hussein’s (AS) holy shrine.