With the start of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, Iran has been shrouded in black banners and hoardings in memory of Imam Hussain (A.S.), the Holy Prophet's (PBUH) grandson.

Iran (IMNA) - Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, begins on Wednesday, July 19th. This month holds great significance to Muslims as it commemorates Imam Hussain's martyrdom in the Battle of Karbala on the 10th day, known as Ashura.

In honor of the Karbala martyrs, streets in Isfahan are decked with black flags and banners. The entire idea and aim of raising these calligraphic flags and banners is to send a message of togetherness and peace and to inspire people all over the world to stand up and raise their voices against any type of injustice, tyranny, or discrimination.

Shia Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain and his faithful companions over the first ten days of Muharram. As a result, many Shiite leaders advise their followers to avoid engaging in enjoyable activities in public and, if feasible, in private.

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