TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday commemorated the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), saying the third Shiite Imam’s sacrifice carries this message: “standing up for justice yields victory”.
“14 centuries have passed since Karbala saw epic martyrdom of Imam Hussein in his seemingly unequal resistance against tyranny,” Zarif said on his Twitter account.
“His sacrifice carries unwavering & ever relevant message: standing up for justice yields victory: 'Every day is Ashura, every land is Karbala' #YaHussein,” he added in his tweet.
The third Shiite Imam, along with 72 of his companions, was martyred in a battle against the second Umayyad caliph, Yazid ibn Muawiyah, in the Iraqi region of Karbala, some 14 centuries ago.
The mourning rituals, which start with the Islamic lunar calendar month of Muharram, reach their climax on the tenth day of the month, also known as Ashura.
Ashura ceremonies symbolize the eternal and unwavering stance of truth against falsehood and for Iranian, the day lies at the heart of all struggles against oppression and tyranny.
Iranian mourners usually gather at main streets and mosques for commemorating the sad event.