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ASHURA: Muslims worldwide mark mourn martyrdom of Imam Hussein (as)

Millions of Muslims across the world 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 Monday in Iran this year.

Iranians take part in a mourning ceremony in the city of Kerman, southeastern Iran, on August 8, 2022, to mark Ashura, which commemorates the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS).

Dressed in black, Shia Muslims hold mourning rituals to remember Imam Hussein (PBUH), 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.

Muslims take part in a mourning ceremony in Madrid, Spain, on August 8, 2022.

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

Muslims take part in a mourning ceremony in Damascus, Syria, on August 8, 2022.

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

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei attends a mourning ceremony on the eve of Ashura on August 7, 2022. (Photo by Leader.ir)

On the eve of Ashura, known as Tasu’a, mourners remember Abbas ibn Ali (PBUH), Imam Hussein’s half-brother, who was martyred shortly before Imam Hussein 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.

Muslims take part in a mourning ceremony in New York, the United States, on August 8, 2022, to mark Ashura. 

Shia Muslims across the world also observe the mourning rituals, while hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from Iran and other countries head to the holy Iraqi city of Karbala — where Imam Hussein (PBUH)’s shrine is located — to mark Ashura.

Muslims take part in a mourning ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey, on August 8, 2022.

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


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