Shia Muslims in the Middle East celebrate the solemn holy day of Ashura | Religion


Tehran, Iran – Millions of Shia Muslims – from Iran to Afghanistan and Pakistan – marked the holiday of Ashura on Monday, one of the most moving occasions in their religious calendar, commemorating the martyrdom of the 7th century of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, Hussein.

Security forces, particularly in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, were on high alert for any violence. In the past, bloody attacks have marred the festival in the Middle East, as Sunni extremists who view Shiites as heretics seize the holy day to target large gatherings of mourners.


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