Iranians, Muslims Elsewhere Mourn Martyrdom of Imam Hussein on Ashura

Iranians, Muslims Elsewhere Mourn Martyrdom of Imam Hussein on Ashura

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Shiite Muslims in Iran and elsewhere in the world are holding mourning rituals marking Ashura, which commemorates the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shiite Imam and the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

Ashura, the 10th day of the lunar month of Muharram, falls on Monday in Iran this year.

Dressed in black, Shiite Muslims hold mourning rituals to remember Imam Hussein (AS), who was martyred along with his 72 companions in the Battle of Karbala, in southern Iraq, in 680 AD after fighting courageously for justice against thousands of soldiers of the Umayyad caliph, Yazid I.

Iranians hold mourning processions across the country and listen to elegies in commemoration of Ashura, while benefactors distribute votive food, known generically as Nazri.

Ashura is the culmination of 10-day mourning ceremonies that are observed in Muharram, the first month in the lunar Hijri calendar.

On the eve of Ashura, known as Tasu’a, mourners remember Abbas ibn Ali (AS), Imam Hussein’s half-brother, who was martyred shortly before Imam Hussein (AS) as he tried to bring water to women and children in Imam Hussein’s camp, who had been deprived of drinking water for days due to a siege by the enemy forces.

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from Iran and other countries have headed to the holy Iraqi city of Karbala — where Imam Hussein (AS)’s shrine is located — to mark Ashura.

The Muharram ceremonies symbolize the eternal and unwavering stance of truth against falsehood and humanity’s struggle against injustice, tyranny, and oppression, the cause for which Imam Hussein (PBUH) was martyred.

Most Visited in Society/Culture
Top Society/Culture stories
Top Stories