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17:27 - 2009-01-10

Millions in Tehran Commemorate Martyrdom of Imam Hossein (AS)

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Ashoura in Tehran
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.
Shiite mourning for Imam Hossein
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.
Scores of men - moved by their grief - wept as they marched in Tehran, capital of Shiite Iran.
Women watched from sidewalks and balconies, as the marchers filled the streets, led by young men carrying black, green and red banners.
Similar processions were staged in other cities across this nation of 70 million people.
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 and where over 2 million Shiites gathered Wednesday to mark Ashoura.
In the battle, Imam Hossein (AS) was decapitated and his body mutilated by Yazid's armies.
Ashoura in downtown Tehran, Galoubandak Crossing
Ashoura is the tenth day of the month of Moharram (the first month on the lunar calendar used in Arab countries)
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.
Shiite mourning for Imam Hossein, downtown Tehran, Galoubandak Crossing
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.
In Tehran's southern neighborhoods, 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.
Ashoura in downtown Tehran
Shiite mourning for Imam Hossein, Tehran
Some are likening the current fighting in Gaza to Ashoura, saying Palestinians there, like Imam Hossein (AS) and his followers, are facing a mighty army while denied the means to fight a fair battle.
Ashoura in downtown Tehran
Ashoura in Tehran
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.
Shiite mourning for Imam Hossein
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.
Scores of men - moved by their grief - wept as they marched in Tehran, capital of Shiite Iran.
Women watched from sidewalks and balconies, as the marchers filled the streets, led by young men carrying black, green and red banners.
Similar processions were staged in other cities across this nation of 70 million people.
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 and where over 2 million Shiites gathered Wednesday to mark Ashoura.
In the battle, Imam Hossein (AS) was decapitated and his body mutilated by Yazid's armies.
Ashoura in downtown Tehran, Galoubandak Crossing
Ashoura is the tenth day of the month of Moharram (the first month on the lunar calendar used in Arab countries)
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.