Yemen

Extensive Preparations to Commemorate Ashura in Sana’a and Governorates

Sana’a and various Yemeni governorates are preparing for mass rallies on Tuesday to observe Ashura, which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam and the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

The organizing committee of events has called to participate in “sacrifice and victory” marches in Ashura, the 10th day of the lunar month of Muharram, in the capital Sana’a and the other provinces to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH).

Imam Hussein (PBUH) was martyred along with his 72 companions in the Battle of Karbala, in southern Iraq, in 680 AD after fighting courageously for justice against thousands of soldiers of the Umayyad caliph, Yazid I.

On the eve of Ashura, known as Tasu’a, mourners remember Abbas ibn Ali (PBUH), Imam Hussein’s half-brother, who was martyred shortly before Imam Hussein as he tried to bring water to women and children in Imam’s camp, who had had no water to drink for days due to a siege by the enemy forces.

The Muharram ceremonies symbolize the eternal and unwavering stance of truth against falsehood and humanity’s struggle against injustice, tyranny and oppression, the cause for which Imam Hussein (PBUH) was martyred.

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