Muslims Mark Martyrdom Anniversary of Imam Hussein

Friday, October 23, 2015


Muslims in Iran and around the world are commemorating the martyrdom anniversary of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Hussein (PBUH). Millions of people, dressed in black, took to the streets and mosques, the ninth day of the holy month of Muharram in the Islamic calendar, to mourn the tragedy on a day known as Tasua. The annual commemoration is held in different regions of the world during various mourning rituals. Tasua comes a day before Ashura, which marks the day when Imam Hussein, along with 72 of his companions, was martyred in the battle against the second Umayyad king in Karbala, Iraq, more than 14 centuries ago. Ashura symbolizes the eternal struggle of truth against falsehood and the battle against injustice and cruelty realized by Imam Hussein as he offered supreme sacrifice to uphold the principles against tyranny. On Tasua and Ashura, Iranian mourners hold special ceremonies in line with their local traditions in different cities and offer foods at public venues like mosques. People also gather to watch Ta’zieh, or the Persian Passion Play which is a ritual dramatic art that recounts religious events, historical and mythical stories and folk tales through poetry, music, song and motion.


Mourning in Tehran


Mashaal Gardani Tradition-Mashhad


Nakhl Gardani-Yazd


Mourning in Qom


Mashaal Gardani Tradition-Qom


Damam Zani Tradition-Rasht


Mourning in Semnan


Mourning in Zanjan




Kerb Zani Tradition-Lahijan


Alam Bandan Tradition-Masouleh


Mashaal Gardani Tradition-Shahre Ray


Towgh Bandan Tradition-Gorgan




Mourning in Khuzestan


Kheymeh Koubi Tradition-Kashan


Nakhl Gardani Tradition-Larijan


Mourning in Abarkooh



*Photo Credit: Mehr News, Fars News, ISNA, Tasnim

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