Ashura at the Imam Hussain square

Day of Ashura in the capital city of Tehran, Iran

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Every year on the day of Ashura, lots of Iranian people gather in the square named Imam Hussain square, on the east of Tehran, to mourn for the martyrdom anniversary of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (PBUH) and his companions.

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They listen to the speech on this day, mourn for what happen to Imam Hussain and to his family members and his companions, pray for all the oppressed people in the world to over come their Yazid of the time and pray for the reappearance of Imam Mahdi, the grandson of Imam Hussain (pbuh):

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There is a tent in the square resembling the tents of the family of Imam Hussain and his companion that they were burnt by Yazid’s army on the day of Ashura following the martyrdom of Imam Hussain and other men at Karbala.

This tent will burn at the end of the day of Ashura to memorize what happen to women and children at Karbala

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On this day, Men and women participate in the noon pray in congregation on-time in the middle of the square to follow what Imam Hussain did on the day of Ashura in the middle of the battle.

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Such great mourning ceremonies are also held in other squares and the streets of the city as well as in the mosques, the holy shrine of Hazrat Abdul Azim and even in the great market (Bazaar) in the capital city of Tehran and almost all the people attend these mourning ceremonies to mark the day of Ashura.

On the day of Ashura, No one concern about his or her lunch as they can find Nazri food which is also called Imam Hussain’s food almost everywhere in the cities for free.

 

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Day of Ashura for Muslim people is a day of sorrow and grief. On the day of Ashura, Muslim people across the world dressed in black, gather in the streets, mosques and the holy shrines and mourn for the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain. On this day, Men and women also pray in congregation on-time at noon as Imam Hussain and his companions performed it even in the middle of the battle of Karbala.

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Noon prayer in congregation on the day of Ashura, in the holy shrine of lady Fatima Masumah in the city of Qom in Iran

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Boys dressed in black, beating the chests  when mourning and grieving for Imam Al-hussain.

Shia Muslims and other people from different religions mark the martyrdom anniversary of the holy prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (PBUH) in Iran.

Ashura – General Qasem Soleimani in a mourning ceremony for Imam Hussain

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The Commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Major General Qasem Soleimani, attended in a mourning ceremony for the martyrdom anniversary of the holy Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (PBUH).

The man in a suite is Major General Qasem Soleimani

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Every year during the month of Muharram, mourning ceremonies were held all over the cities in Iran as well as in the official house of Imam Khamenei that people can also take part in.

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Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a morning ceremony held in the leader’s official house in the month of Muharram.

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Every year, during the month of Muharram, mourning ceremonies are held in several days by the leader of Islamic republic of Iran to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of the holy prophet Muhammad’s grandson and people can take part in these ceremonies.

 

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Shi’ite Muslims dressed in black, mourn for the the martyrdom of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (Peace be upon them) on the first ten days of Muharram, especially the day of Tasua and Ashura

The red flag contains this sentence: O’ the avengers of Hussain!

 

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Shiite Muslims in Iran as well as other Muslim people in the world donate blood on the day of Ashura to save the lives of people as Imam Hussain (PBUH) did in Karbala.

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Reference: ashuraaa.wordpress.com

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Ashura is the tenth day of Muharram, A day in which the prophet Muhammad’s grandson and all 72 of his companions were martyared in Karbala. That’s why each year, million of Shi’ite muslims across the world mark the day of Ashura. This photo displayes an Ashura procession in Iran: people dressed in black beating on their chests while some of them carry some flags with the name of “Hussain“. In such processions you may see some children on their father’s shoulders in the crowd.

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Ashura : Self-flagellation is forbidden in Islam

Self-flagellation is forbidden in Islam. Real Shi’ite Muslims do not practice self-flagellation.

Shia clerics such as Grand Ayatullah Khamenei who is the leader of Islamic Republic of Iran and Ayatullah Sistani have prohibited self-flagellation with knives or chains (Tatbir) and even walking on fire. See fatawa at tatbir.org

Despite what you  see in the Google image when you search the word of “Ashura”, Any self-mutilation such as self-flagellation with knives, chains or razors even walking on fire is definitely not allowed in Islam, but It seems this is the media policy showing Shia Muslims as violent as they can!

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Every year, Muslims around the world commemorate the tragedy of Karbala. They attend mourning meetings and processions in which the story of Karbala is retold, lamentations are held and special poetic readers using dramatic techniques and symbolism recite eulogies to mark the events of the day of Ashura. All these commemorative meetings not only serve to convey the events and message of Karbala but also provide opportunities for us to learn about Islam in general.

In the land of Karbala, on the day of Ashura it is a piece of all our souls which was left on the field. And so yes we cry and we beat our chest in mourning … but although we feel sorrow, we also pay tribute to our Imam’s absolute and immeasurable courage and depth of character. And how can anyone ever deny Imam Hussein’s leadership, who could deny our pain when treachery sought to rob us of the light to instead drawn us in darkness.

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Ashura is the tenth day of Muharram (the first month of the Islamic calendar).

On this day, in more than 14 centuries ago and in a place called Karbala which is now in Iraq, Imam Hussain who was the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) along with many of his family members and all of his companions sacrificed their lives in order to save the teachings of Islam from utter distortion and destruction.

Although Imam Hussain is the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson and the third Shia Imam but he dose not belong only to Shia Muslims. His life can inspire all the people.

 

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In the above Image I used the Prophet Muhammad’s saying about Imam Hussain (PBUH):
حسین منی و انا من حسین
Hussain is from me and I am from Hussain.”

This saying was quoted in many Shia and Sunni books including Bihar Al-Anvar V.43 and Sonan Termizi, V.5, p.658.

Ashura and Shi’ite infants and children

Shiite women with their infants participated in the mourning ceremonies to remember the 6-month-old infant of Imam Hussain (PBUH), Hazrat Ali Asghar (PBUH), who was mercilessly martyred on the day of Ashura in Karbala in the year 680 AD.

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A Shi’ite Muslim in Iran has her child fed during a mourning ceremony for the martyrdom anniversary of Imam hussain’s six -month-old infant on the day of Ashura

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A Shi’ite Muslim in Iran has his child fed during a mourning procession held for the martyrdom anniversary of Imam hussain on the day of Ashura.

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Shi’ite Muslims and their children pray at the end of mourning ceremonies held for the martyrdom anniversary of the prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (PBUH)

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Ashura is the tenth day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar. On this day, in more than 14 centuries ago and in a place called Karbala which is now in Iraq, Imam Hussain(PBUH) who was the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) along with many of his family members and all of his companions sacrificed their lives in order to save the teachings of Islam from utter distortion and destruction.

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Shia Muslims do not fast on this day. They dress in black and take to the streets and mosques on this day to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussein (PBUH) who is remembered as the symbol of freedom and dignity. Imam rose up against the tyrant of the time, Yazid, and was martyred after rejecting allegiance to him.

In the battle of Karbala, Imam Hussain and his companions were encircled by an army of 30,000 which decapitated martyrs and ran over bodies with horses.

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On the day of Ashura, there was a lady who saw how her sons and her brother and all of her family members were violently martyrd at Karbala. She saw how Yazid’s army cut the heads of her family and put them on the arrows and how they ride on their bodies.

She was the only one who had to care of the women and children being held captive in Karbala and she was the one who had to continued the story of Karbala.

This great Lady was Zeinab who is the prophet Muhammad’s granddaughter and Imam hussain’s beloved sister.

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Each year, on the tenth of Muharram, Millions of Shia muslims and other people who love Imam Hussain, dressed in black, take to the streets and mosques to mourn the martyrdom anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain (PBUH), on a day known as Ashura.

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The supreme leader of the Islamic republic of Iran made a speech about Ashura in 2008:

“…I would like to make some statements regarding Muharram and Ashura. Muharram is one of the historical stages that I talked about. The Shia have made every effort to keep Ashura alive. As you see, for many years and centuries in succession never have the people following the Prophet’s (PBUH) household and believing in the Prophet’s (PBUH) household forgotten Imam Hussain’s memory, Imam Hussain’s name, Imam Hussain’s burial place and Imam Hussain’s mourning. Many efforts have been made to encourage people to forget the events of Ashura, but people never did so. You have heard the story of Motavakel and his blocking the way [to Karbala]. They have committed foolish acts and raised foolish objections. Throughout history, they have raised numerous seemingly scientific, emotional and experiential objections. Nevertheless, Shiites have kept them alive and must do so.
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Why are you disseminating sadness, crying and tears among people?” They complain. This is not sadness and tears for the sake of sadness and tears. This is for the sake of the values. The things that lie behind the lamentation, beating the chest and the head, and shedding tears are the dearest things that one might find in the treasure trove of humanity, and they are the divine spiritual values. The Shia are trying to uphold the fact that Hussain ibn Ali (AS) is the epitome of all these values. The Shia are trying to keep their memories alive.

And if the Muslim Ummah keeps Imam Hussain’s (AS) name and memory alive and follows him, it will overcome all the obstacles and the hardships. And that is why all of us in the Islamic Revolution, in the Islamic Republic, from the highest to the lowest echelons including the people, the authorities, the senior officials and our honorable Imam have relied on the issue of Imam Hussain and the issue of Ashura and people’s mourning. The morning has a symbolic as well as a realistic aspect. It binds hearts together and it broadens knowledge.

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Of course, the speakers, preachers, panegyrists and poets must take into consideration the fact that this is the esteemed truth. It must not be trifled with. The facts of the events of Ashura must not be abused. No one must add anything to them. No one must mix them with superstitions or do irrational actions in the name of mourning. These things must not be allowed. These acts do not mean favoring Imam Hussain. Once I made a statement regarding the machete demonstration, some people voiced their objection saying “this is Imam Hussain’s mourning and do not object to the mourning”!! [but] this is not an objection to Imam Hussain’s mourning; this is objection to ruin Imam Hussain’s mourning.

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Hussaini dais and Hussaini gatherings are where religious facts – that is, facts about Imam Hussain must be stated. Poetry, elegy and laudation must be in this direction. As you saw in Muharram 1978, our mourning processions began in some cities including Yazd and Shiraz and some other places and they spread throughout the country. They beat their chests and they stated the facts of the day in their elegies relating them toAshura, which is the appropriate thing to do.

We condemn Shimr since we want to root out the causes of being like Shimr and acting like Shimr in this world. We condemn Yazid and Obeidollah because we are opposed to tyrannical rules, to rulers such as Yazid, to the rule of indulgence and hedonism, and to the rule of oppression over the believers in the world. Hussain ibn Ali rose in order to defeat and eradicate the governments opposing the Islamic, human and divine values, and he did so by his uprising.

Our gatherings must be Hussaini gatherings, gatherings against oppression, gatherings against monarchy, gatherings against Shimrs, Yazids and Ibn Ziads of the present time, the current age. And this is the continuation of Imam Hussain’s story.

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Today the world is filled with oppression and tyranny. See what they are doing. See what they are doing in Palestine, what they are doing in Iraq, what they are doing in various countries, what they are doing with the nations of the world, what they are doing to the poor, what they are doing with the national wealth of the countries. Hussain ibn Ali’s (AS) movement covers all these extensive areas. Imam Hussain taught a lesson not only to the Shia and the Muslims but also to all the freemen of the world.

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The leader of the Indian Nationalist Movement mentioned Hussain ibn Ali sixty or seventy years ago and said: “I have learned from him.” That was while he was a Hindu, he was not a Muslim at all. It is the same among the Muslims. This is the story of Imam Hussain. And you are the treasurer of such invaluable treasure from which all humans can benefit.

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Mourning for Imam Hussain must be directed toward such aims: disseminating, elucidating, expressing, informing, strengthening people’ faith, promoting the spirit of religiousness among people, increasing religious valor and zeal among people, stripping people of indifference and sloth. These are what Hussain’s uprising and commemoration of his mourning mean in our era. Therefore, they are alive and will remain alive forever…”