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Tomb Of Hafez, Shiraz

Amir Chakhmaq Square, Yazd

Moharram /Tasua & Ashura

The Muslim year opens with a season of Moharram mourning, held by the Shias on the occasion of the anniversary of Imam Hossein’s death. The climax of woe falls on Moharram 9 (Tasua) and 10 (Ashura) on Safar 20.

According to Shia beliefs, Imam Ali ought to have succeeded Prophet Mohammad as the first Imam. However, he was deprived of authority by three Caliphs whom Shias consider usurpers. Eventually, Imam Ali was murdered, and his son Hasan poisoned. Ali’s other son, Hossein, was on the way to Kufa to receive the caliphate when he was intercepted by order of Yazid, his rival, and cut down on the plains of Karbala, together with his family and followers. Imam Hossein is particularly dear to the Persians and is held by them in the great esteem. He is believed to have married the daughter of the last Sassanid king of Persia. Every year, Iranians commemorate the martyrdom of Imam with various ceremonies. A frequent ritual during the first ten days of Moharram is a procession of people through the streets. Men wearing black, chain themselves, and shout in unison. No visitor who has been in an Iranian city during this ritual can forget the dirge-like laments “Hossein! Hossein!” and the accompanying dull thud, as the mourners beat their chests in sign of impassioned grief. Both men and women shed profound tears because they believe that every tear dropped in remembrance of Imam Hossein washes away many sins.

Refrence(s):

- Beheshti, Oksana (2003). Travel guide to Isfahan, Kashan and more. Iran. Tehran. Rozaneh publication.

 

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