Muslims holding Muharram ceremonies to mourn Imam Hussein martyrdom
Shia Muslims around the world are holding annual ceremonies to mourn Imam Hussein's martyrdom during the first ten days of the lunar month of Muharram, which falls from July 30 to August 8 this year.
The ceremonies, which reach a climax on the tenth of Muharram, or the day of Ashura, commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and 72 of his family members and loyal companions.
They were brutally killed 1400 years ago and yet Shias across the world mourn for him and commemorate his sacrifice.
Imam Hussein discerned that the Umayyad dynasty was deviating Islam from its right path so he chose to sacrifice himself and even his 6-month child in order to save Islam and teach a lesson to his followers:
Never accept oppression. Resistance among Shia Muslims is largely inspired and learned from Ashura.
Over the past two years, mourning ceremonies, however, have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic that has been sweeping across all world.