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19:27 - 2009-01-05

Taziyeh Plays Popular in Iran

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Traditional plays held during the month of Moharram, the first month of the lunar Islamic calendar, are growing in popularity once again throughout Iran.
Taziyeh is a kind of play popular in Iran, displaying a very important religious event back in the history
Taziyeh, a dramatic genre performed by Iranian Shiites, commemorates the sufferings and martyrdom of Imam Hossein and his companions.
Imam Hossein is the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), the son of the first Imam and brother of the second Imam and he is the third Imam of Shiites.
Imam Hossein along with the male members of his family, relatives, friends and soldiers, who all together formed a 72-member army, were all beheaded and then slaughtered in an unequal, imposed war with a 30,000-strong army of the enemy in the desert of Karbala in eastern Iraq around 14 centuries ago (in the 7th century AD).
Imam Hossein and 72 of his loyal friends and followers were massacred by the troops of Yazeed, the dictator Caliph, in 680 AD at a place close to what is now Karbala, Iraq.
The enemy army even killed Imam Hossein's 6-month-old son after days of thirst.
The enemy took into captivity the wives, sisters, mothers and even three-year-old kids accompanying their men in Imam Hossein army.
The war was imposed on Imam Hossein as he was on a journey and those accompanying him were not soldiers, but when they faced danger, they defended themselves bravely and eventually achieved their goal, martyrdom for God and at the order of their Imam.
Taziyeh is performed mostly during the first 10 days of Moharram, before or after mourning ceremonies that include Sine-zani (chestbeating) processions, and culminating on the 10th day, known as Ashura, which this year falls on Jan 7.
Traditional plays held during the month of Moharram, the first month of the lunar Islamic calendar, are growing in popularity once again throughout Iran.
Taziyeh is a kind of play popular in Iran, displaying a very important religious event back in the history
Taziyeh, a dramatic genre performed by Iranian Shiites, commemorates the sufferings and martyrdom of Imam Hossein and his companions.
Imam Hossein is the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), the son of the first Imam and brother of the second Imam and he is the third Imam of Shiites.
Imam Hossein along with the male members of his family, relatives, friends and soldiers, who all together formed a 72-member army, were all beheaded and then slaughtered in an unequal, imposed war with a 30,000-strong army of the enemy in the desert of Karbala in eastern Iraq around 14 centuries ago (in the 7th century AD).
Imam Hossein and 72 of his loyal friends and followers were massacred by the troops of Yazeed, the dictator Caliph, in 680 AD at a place close to what is now Karbala, Iraq.
The enemy army even killed Imam Hossein's 6-month-old son after days of thirst.
The enemy took into captivity the wives, sisters, mothers and even three-year-old kids accompanying their men in Imam Hossein army.
The war was imposed on Imam Hossein as he was on a journey and those accompanying him were not soldiers, but when they faced danger, they defended themselves bravely and eventually achieved their goal, martyrdom for God and at the order of their Imam.
Taziyeh is performed mostly during the first 10 days of Moharram, before or after mourning ceremonies that include Sine-zani (chestbeating) processions, and culminating on the 10th day, known as Ashura, which this year falls on Jan 7.
Traditional plays held during the month of Moharram, the first month of the lunar Islamic calendar, are growing in popularity once again throughout Iran.
Taziyeh is a kind of play popular in Iran, displaying a very important religious event back in the history
Taziyeh, a dramatic genre performed by Iranian Shiites, commemorates the sufferings and martyrdom of Imam Hossein and his companions.
Imam Hossein is the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), the son of the first Imam and brother of the second Imam and he is the third Imam of Shiites.