18 Jul 2024
Saturday 29 July 2023 - 15:58
Story Code : 407211

Iranians, Muslims worldwide mark Ashura, mourn martyrdom of Imam Hussein

Millions of Muslims worldwide are observing Ashura, which commemorates the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shia Imam and the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon Him).

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

Dressed in black, Shia 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 recounting thetragic events in commemoration ofAshura, while benefactors distribute votive food, known generically asnazri.

Ashura is the culmination of 10-day mourning ceremonies that are observed in Muharram.

On the eve of Ashura, known as Tasua, mourners remember Abbas ibn Ali (PBUH), Imam Husseins half-brother, who was martyred shortly before Imam Hussein as he tried to bring water to women and children in Imams camp, who had had no water to drink for days due to a siege by the enemy forces.

The Muharram ceremonies symbolize the never-ending and unwavering stance of truth against falsehood and humanitys struggle against injustice, tyranny and oppression, the cause for which Imam Hussein (AS) was martyred.

By Press TV

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