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17:27 - 2009-01-10

Millions in Iran Commemorate Martyrdom of Imam Hossein

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Imam Hossein's male family members, relatives, friends, soldiers who all together formed a 72-member army were beheaded in an unequal war with a 30,000-strong army of the enemy in the desert of Karbala.
The Imam and 72 of his loyal friends and followers were massacred by the troops of the Caliph in 680 at a place close to what is now Karbala, Iraq.
The enemy army even killed his 6-month-old son after days of thirst.
Ashoura mourning ceremonies in central Iran, Isfahan
Actors clad in armor re-enacted the Karbala battle, with performers on horseback portraying Imam Hossein (AS) and his companions dressed in green and white. Actors playing their enemies wore red.
Imam Hossein's male family members, relatives, friends, soldiers who all together formed a 72-member army were beheaded in an unequal war with a 30,000-strong army of the enemy in the desert of Karbala.
In the battle, Imam Hossein (AS) was decapitated and his body mutilated by Yazid's armies.
Imam Hossein (AS) was martyred in the 680 A.D. battle fought on the plains outside Karbala, a city in modern Iraq that's home to the Imam's holy shrine.
Shiite mourning for Imam Hossein, central province of Isfahan
Mourners doing the noon prayers, northeastern city of Tabriz
Mourners attend the noon prayers following the Ashoura ceremonies, Tabriz
Scores of men - moved by their grief - wept as they marched in Tehran, capital of Shiite Iran.
Known as Moharram and observed by Shiites across the world, the occasion climaxed Wednesday, Ashoura, i.e. the 10th day of the lunar Muslim month of Moharram.
Dressed in mourning black, mourners beat their chests with bare hands and lashed their shoulders with iron chains - rituals meant to show their grief over the martyrdom of Imam Hossein (AS)
Shiite mourning for Imam Hossein, at the holy shrine of Imam Reza (Shiites' 8th Imam) in the northeastern city of Mashhad
Mourning ceremonies at the holy shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad, the capital city of the northeastern province of Khorassan Razavi
Shiite mourning for Imam Hossein, Mashhad the capital city of the northeastern province of Khorassan
Scores of men - moved by their grief - wept as they marched in Tehran, capital of Shiite Iran.
Known as Moharram and observed by Shiites across the world, the occasion climaxed Wednesday, Ashoura, i.e. the 10th day of the lunar Muslim month of Moharram.
Dressed in mourning black, mourners beat their chests with bare hands and lashed their shoulders with iron chains - rituals meant to show their grief over the martyrdom of Imam Hossein (AS)
Shiite mourning for Imam Hossein, at the holy shrine of Imam Reza (Shiites' 8th Imam) in the northeastern city of Mashhad
Similar processions were staged in other cities across this nation of 70 million people.
Women watched from sidewalks and balconies, as the marchers filled the streets, led by young men carrying black, green and red banners.
Scores of men - moved by their grief - wept as they marched in Tehran, capital of Shiite Iran.
Known as Moharram and observed by Shiites across the world, the occasion climaxed Wednesday, Ashoura, i.e. the 10th day of the lunar Muslim month of Moharram.
Dressed in mourning black, they beat their chests with bare hands and lashed their shoulders with iron chains - rituals meant to show their grief over the martyrdom of Imam Hossein (AS), grandson of Islam's Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and Shiites' third Imam.
Mourners attend the noon prayers following Ashoura ceremonies, Sari
Mourners doing noon prayers
Shiite mourning for Imam Hossein, Sari, capital city of the northern province of Mazandaran
Shiite mourning for Imam Hossein, northern province of Gilan
Scores of men - moved by their grief - wept as they marched in Tehran, capital of Shiite Iran.
Shiite mourning for Imam Hossein, Gilan province
Dressed in mourning black, they beat their chests with bare hands and lashed their shoulders with iron chains - rituals meant to show their grief over the martyrdom of Imam Hossein (AS), grandson of Islam's Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and Shiites' third Imam.