Day of Ashura is not a day of celebration nor a day of self-mutilation. Day of Ashura for Shia Muslim people and other Imam Hussain’s lovers is the day of grief and deep sorrow. people around the world dressed in black commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain, the prophet Muhammad’s grandson on the day of Ashura.
On the day of Ashura, mourning processions and ceremonies for Imam Hussain are held all over the world as well as all the cities of Iran. One of the greatest mourning procession is the mourning procession of The Imam Sadiq University which is held annually in north of Tehran, the capital city in Iran.
The following images are taken on the day of Ashura in 2018.
Ashura 2017 is on Sunday, the 1st of October (1/10/2017).
“Ashura” (/ʌʃuːrʌ /) means “tenth” in Arabic language and the day of Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram(/Mohærræm/), the first month in the Islamic calendar but each year, the day of Ashura falls in a different day in the Georgian calendar as the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and the Georgian calendar is a solar one.
Day of Ashura was the day in which Imam Husayn, and all 72 of his companions were violently killed and beheaded one by one and all their women and children were captured.
Imam Hussain was the prophet Muhammad’s grandson and the third Shia Imam who prophet Muhammad had stated about him:
“Hussain is from me and I’m from Hussain”
but he was murdered in fifty years following the prophet Muhammad by the people who called themselves Muslim!
Imam Hussain was surrounded by an Army of 30,000 at the land of Karbala on his way to Kufah in the year 61 Hijri (about 680 AD). Paying allegiance to Yazid was the only way for Imam Hussain to survive but Yazid did not believe in prophetess and revelation as he said it openly and his behaviors were against the Islamic rules. Thus there was no way for Imam Hussain except to sacrifice what they had to save Islam from utter distortion and destruction.
Shia Iranian girls and women who are following Lady Zeinab, all covered with Chador and with a complete Hijab commemorated the martyrdom anniversary of the holy prophet Muhammad’s grandson and the third Shiite Imam, Imam Hussain by taking part in processions and ceremonies held on the day of Ashura 2016 in Iran.
Millions of Shia muslims across Iran as well as elsewhere in the world commemorate the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson and third Shia Imam on the day of Ashura.
The yellow head band contained an Arabic sentence means: “We are all your Abbas, O’ Zeinab!”