Iranian Mark Muharram amid COVID-19 Measures
Iranian Mark Muharram amid COVID-19 Measures
Iranians are marking one of the most important months on the Islamic calendar, Muharram.

TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iranian people are marking one of the most important months on the Islamic calendar, Muharram.

The lunar month coincides with the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Imam of Shias, and his companions, some 14 centuries ago, who were martyred in modern day Iraqi city of Karbala by the forces of the second Umayyid caliph, Yazid.

Every year, during the first 10 days of Muharram, Iranian Muslims get dressed in black, erect mourning tents and participate in mass processions to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH), Press TV wrote.

Still after 14 centuries, memory of Imam Hussein (PBUH) is alive in the hearts and minds of Muslims.

But this year, perhaps, Muslims are marking the most different Muharram, amid a pandemic that has canceled every mass gathering.

The atmosphere of Muharram is still there. The majority of people are seen in black clad, and mourning tents are erected ahead of time as of every year.

The government said it would not prevent Muharram ceremonies, but advised people to observe health protocols.

This year, mourners can listen to online eulogies or watch the ceremonies on TV.

Any physical mourning ceremony needs to be held in open air environments, as instructed by the Health Ministry.

Mourners must have their masks on, and organizers are obliged to hand out masks to mourners upon entry to the ceremonies; PS; the safety distance must be observed.

To the fervent lovers of Imam Hussein (PBUH), it’s really hard to miss the annual mourning rituals.

At the same time, they find the spiritual occasion a chance to pray for the elimination of the virus.

Mourners say they miss what they call the mass carnival of love for Imam Hussein (PBUH).

But they say with or without ceremonies, they will not forget their third Imam, since they say, they owe the existence of Islam to the sacrifices he made 14 centuries ago.

  • source : Iran Daily