Muharram in Bahrain

In 680 AD, on Ashoura- the tenths day of the holy month of Muharram- Husayn Ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad and the third Imam of Shia Muslims was martyred in the desert of Karbala, located in contemporary Iraq. Since then, Shia Muslims commemorate his martyrdom every year. This year, as the coronavirus pandemic rages on, governments and health authorities are cautioning people to commemorate the event with strict health guidelines. In Bahrain, however, Shia Muslims have not been cautioned but banned from holding Muharram mourning rituals, on the surface, for the pandemic but critics say the truth is far beneath of the surface.


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