BINTANGNEWS.com – Millions of Shia Muslims in Iran and other parts of the world are commemorating Ashura, which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam.Passion plays are also staged in remembrance of the suffering imposed on the venerated figure of Shia Islam and his companions, who refused to pledge allegiance to the Umayyad caliph, Yazid I. Imam Hussein and his group were martyred in the Battle of Karbala, in southern Iraq in 680 AD, while fighting courageously against the 100,000-strong army of the despot.
During Muharram, benefactors cook and distribute food offerings among neighbors, family and the needy. Free food is also offered to people who take part in mourning ceremonies.
On the eve of Ashura, known as Tasu’a, Shia Muslims across the world paid special tribute to Abbas ibn Ali, the half-brother of Imam Hussein, because of his sacrifices in the Battle of Karbala.
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