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Iran: Thousands attend Ashura celebrations in Tehran

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran
September 10, 2019 at 16:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of people joined Ashura celebrations in Tehran, on Tuesday, as Muslims across the globe paid tribute to the third Imam of Shia Muslims, Husayn ibn Ali.

People marched through the streets chanting, waving flags and self-flagellating. They also gathered in a square to erect and burn down a symbolic tent.

Attendee Mohammad Moshtagh Ahmadi said that news coverage of these ceremonies is important to show the "unity" of Muslims to the world.

"Ashura means freedom. Imam Hussein sacrificed himself for us. He sacrificed himself that we do not forget about Islam," said festival attendee, Monireh Moghaddasi.

Ashura, which takes place on the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic Hijri calendar, is a day of mourning which commemorates the killing of Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, as well as his family and companions in the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram, 61 AH (10 October 680 AD).

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Thousands of people joined Ashura celebrations in Tehran, on Tuesday, as Muslims across the globe paid tribute to the third Imam of Shia Muslims, Husayn ibn Ali.

People marched through the streets chanting, waving flags and self-flagellating. They also gathered in a square to erect and burn down a symbolic tent.

Attendee Mohammad Moshtagh Ahmadi said that news coverage of these ceremonies is important to show the "unity" of Muslims to the world.

"Ashura means freedom. Imam Hussein sacrificed himself for us. He sacrificed himself that we do not forget about Islam," said festival attendee, Monireh Moghaddasi.

Ashura, which takes place on the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic Hijri calendar, is a day of mourning which commemorates the killing of Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, as well as his family and companions in the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram, 61 AH (10 October 680 AD).

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M/S Ashura mourning ceremony, Tehran

C/U Red flags

M/S Waving red flags

M/S Beating drums

W/S Waving red flags around a tent

M/S Running around the tent

W/S Person riding horse in red cloth

C/U Person with mud on his head and clothes

SOT, Monireh Moghaddasi, Attendee (Farsi): "Ashura means freedom. Imam Hussein sacrificed himself for us. He sacrificed himself that we do not forget about Islam."

W/S People moving with red flags and flames

M/S People approaching tent with torches

M/S People burning tent

C/U People burning tent

W/S Tent on fire

M/S People running from tent while hitting their heads

SOT, Taha Imani, Attendee (Farsi): "We improve such ceremonies day by day, not only the US but also other countries cannot betray our country. We know these ceremonies from older generations since we were children. Besides, we can teach this generation that whatever you need is in Imam Hussein's ceremony."

M/S Person organising chain whips for Ashura mourning ceremony in Tehran

M/S People self-flagellating

SOT, Mohammad Moshtagh Ahmadi, Attendee (Farsi): "News coverage of such ceremonies by the media makes the US and other bullies see this unity and connection and [they] cannot do anything against us."

M/S People self-flagellating

M/S People self-flagellating

M/S People self-flagellating

M/S Ashura ceremony

M/S Person performing ritual

M/S Ashura attenders

M/S Ashura ceremony

M/S Person waving black flag at Ashura ceremony

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