Aug 30, 2020 21:17 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Aug 31, 2020 16:32 Asia/Tehran]

Mashhad (IP) - The mourning ceremony of “Sham-e-Ghariban”, an event marked on the eleventh night of Muharram following the day of Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Shiite third imam, Hussein ibn Ali (AS), was held on Sunday evening 30 August in Iran's northeastern city of Mashhad.

Iran PressIran News: This year, mosques and mourning groups and centers across Iran held their ceremonies outside in the open air, following health protocols, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) is the symbol of resistance against oppression. The choice made by Imam Hussein ( peace be upon him) and his small group of family members and companions (peace be upon them), has been a source of inspiration for not just Muslims but for all of humanity, throughout history.

Ashura is the culmination of a 10-day annual mourning period in the lunar month of Muharram for Imam Hussein, who was a grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and was martyred along with 72 of his family members and companions in 680 A.D. in a land that is known today as Iraq, after they refused to pledge allegiance to the ruler of the time, Yazid.


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