Iran minister lauds third Shia Imam’s inspiring role

IRNA – Iranian intelligence minister on Sunday which marks the anniversary of martyrdom of the third Imam of Shia Muslims, lauded Imam’s inspiring role in the Iranian society.

‘If today, we see that enemies do not dare to hatch conspiracy and do not take practical measures against the Islamic Republic system, it is because of Imam Hossein (AS)’s inspiring role in the Iranian society,’ Mahmoud Alavi said in a mourning ceremony.

Millions of Muslims in Iran and other Muslim countries commemorate the 10th day of Muharram which marks the anniversary of martyrdom of Imam Hossein (AS).

For Muslims, Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram, marks the climax of the remembrance of the lunar month, and commemorates the martyrdom of Hossein ibn Ali (AS), the grandson of Muhammad (PBUH) at the Battle of Karbala on 10th of Muharram in the year 61 AH (October 10, 680 CE). This year Ashura falls on Oct 1.

Mourning for Imam Hossein (AS) and his companions began almost immediately after the Battle of Karbala by his surviving relatives and supporters.

The massacre of Imam Hossein (AS) with a small group of his companions and family members had a great impact on the religious conscience of Muslims, particularly Shia Muslims, who commemorate his martyrdom with sorrow and passion.

Performing Ta’ziyeh (mourning theater) and cooking various kinds of food called (Nazri in Persian culture, or charity food) and distributing it among other people for free, are among the main parts of the ritual.

Imam Hossein’s (AS) uprising in Karbala is regarded as the symbol of resistance against oppressors by Muslims, as the grandson of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) with a small troop and his relatives stood up against injustice.

In Ashura, Iranian Muslims, along with others from around the world, in a sign of unity come to the street and mark the days and send the message to the world that they will not surrender to the oppression of any power, no matter how big it is.

In Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, and Pakistan, the commemoration of Imam Hossein (AS) has become a national holiday and most ethnic and religious communities participate in it. In India, Ashura is a public holiday due to the presence of a significant Indian Shia Muslim population (2-3% of total population, 20-25% of Indian Muslim population).