Shia Muslim Houthis have commemorated Ashura, the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH) in the Yemeni capital Sana’a, Press TV report.
Thousands of Shia Houthis gathered in an indoor stadium in Sana’a on Tuesday to honor Ashura, the 10th day of the lunar month of Muharram, which marks the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shia imam.
“We should always remember the principles which Imam Hussein sacrificed his life for. Imam Hussein and his companions stood firmly against all the oppressors and their plots,” said Ali Jadban, a Houthi loyalist, in an address to the massive gathering of mourners in Sana’a.
The leader of Yemen’s Shia Houthis also spoke to the congregation, saying Yemen is facing a situation similar to that faced by Imam Hussein.
Abdul-Malik al-Houthi called on the Yemeni people to reject foreign intervention in the country’s internal affairs and oppose Western hegemony and all other forms of oppression.
Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and 72 of his loyal companions, were martyred on Ashura in the battle of Karbala against the second Umayyad caliph, Yazid I, in 680 AD. Imam Hussein was killed after he refused to pledge allegiance to the tyrant ruler.
Houthi also brushed off the threat of sanctions by the United Nations Security Council.
“They hope to discourage and intimidate us. This is our responsibility to counter their plots. We tell them that we are not afraid of the United Nations or any tyrant entity because we follow the course of Imam Husssein that says we never bow to humiliation,” the Houthi leader added.
The impoverished Arab country is grappling with a severe political crisis between the central government and Ansarullah revolutionaries, also known as Houthis.
The Ansarullah activists, who played a major role in the ouster of the country’s longtime dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, have been staging demonstrations in Sana’a for nearly two months, demanding the government’s ouster over corruption and marginalization of the country’s Shia community.
On November 2, Yemen’s main political parties, including the Ansarullah revolutionaries, signed a truce deal in a bid to put an end to the political crisis crippling the country. Under the deal, President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and Prime Minister-designate Khaled Bahah must form a government of technocrats before the Ansarullah revolutionaries withdraw from the capital. However, no specific date has been mentioned for the formation of the new government.