Shiʿi Muslims observe the first 10 days of Muḥarram month (the period during which the tragic battle of Karbala occurred) by arranging mourning and lamentation rituals over the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS).

Iran (IMNA) - The drama of the Shia faith is the story of the martyrdom of Imam Husain, the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad (PBUH), in Kerbala.

Imam Husain and his faithful companions found themselves trapped near the plain of Karbala by Yazid's enormous army of some 30000, who demanded unquestioning obedience from Imam Hussain (AS). Imam refused, and was martyred in a cruel manner.

Islamic cities across the world have been clad in black and green as a sign of paying homage to the exalted stature of Imam Husain (AS) and his companions.

Iranian Muslims revive the tragedy of Karbala by holding annual Muharram mourning ceremonies with special regard to the conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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