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Mourning Ceremony for Imam Hossein (AS) Held in Presence of Leader
  Massive mourning ceremonies were held in the presence of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei here in Tehran to mark the martyrdom anniversary of Shiites' third Imam.
Wednesday 7 December 2011 13:58
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Mourning Ceremony for Imam Hossein (AS) Held in Presence of Leader
BFnews: Eulogists sang songs in agony as the participants beat their chests to commemorate the tragic event.

Meantime, millions of Iranians across the country took part in massive processions across Iran on Tuesday, marking the anniversary of the martyrdom of one of Shiite Islam's most beloved leaders.

Dressed in mourning black, they beat their chests with bare hands and lashed their shoulders with iron chains - rituals meant to show their grief over the death of Imam Hossein (AS), grandson of Islam's Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and Shiite Islam's third Imam.

Known as Ashoura and observed by Shiites across the world, the occasion climaxed Tuesday, the 10th day of the lunar Muslim month of Moharram.

Imam Hossein (AS) was martyred in the 680 A.D. battle fought on the plains outside Karbala, a city in modern Iraq that's home to the Imam's holy shrine.

In the battle, Imam Hossein (AS) was decapitated and his body mutilated by Yazid's armies. All of Imam Hossein's male family members, relatives, friends, soldiers who all together formed a 72-member army were beheaded in an unequal war with a 30,000-strong army of the enemy in the desert of Karbala.

The Imam and 72 of his loyal friends and followers were massacred by the troops of the Caliph in 680 at a place close to what is now Karbala, Iraq. The enemy army even killed his 6-month-old son after 3 days of thirst.

The occasion is the source of an enduring moral lesson for the Shiites.