Thursday, January 17, 2008

Shia Ashoora Festivities in New York City

This is truly scary and is definitely sponsored by the Islamic Republic of Iran since the singer is reciting in Persian in the video.

Ashoora: The Day of Ashura (عاشوراء transliteration: ‘Āshūrā’, Ashura, Ashoura, and other spellings) is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram but not the Islamic month.

This day is of particular significance to Shi'a Muslims, who consider Hussein (the grandson of the Prophet) Ahl al-Bayt the third Imam and the rightful successor of Muhammad. Many Shi'as make pilgrimages on Ashura to the Mashhad al-Husayn, the shrine in Karbala, Iraq that is traditionally held to be Imam Hussein's tomb. On this day Shi'a are in remembrance, mourning attire is worn; they refrain from music, the reason being naturally in Islam when death has occurred music is considered impolite. It is a time for sorrow and respect of the person’s passing and it is also a time for self reflection. Basically committing yourself to the mourning of the Imam Hussein completely...

1 comment:

Al-Haidar said...

This isn't sponsored by Iran. It's sponsored by JANA a non-profit US organization. Of the 8-10,000 people there, only 5-10% were farsi-speaking, the rest were Pakistani and Indian. In fact, of the farsi speaking people, most were from Afghanistan and not Iran.