Press TV, Beirut
On Tuesday, thousands of Lebanese marked Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson and the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein.
One of the most pivotal speeches of Hezbollah’s Secretary General is usually given on this day. This year was no exception. Addressing hundreds of mourners in Beirut, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah outlined main stances of the resistance movement.
Sayyed Nasrallah warned that Hezbollah will not sit idly by if Israel carries out its threats to assassinate leaders of the Palestinian resistance groups in Lebanon.
The Hezbollah leader stressed that the movement will take action based on the response that Beirut will get from Israel on the issue of maritime resources. Nasrallah said Hezbollah will by NO means compromise on Lebanon’s rights.
Muslims across Lebanon hold mourning processions for 10 days in Muharram to remember the horrific crimes which were committed against the grandson of Prophet Mohammad, Imam Hussein and his family and companions in the plains of Karbala in modern-day Iraq in 680 AD. This historic tragedy remains very much alive in the hearts and minds of the mourners to this day.
The Lebanese mourners also hoisted Palestinian flags along with black and red banners of mourning to show that the day of Ashura is the day where the oppressed fight back.
The commemoration of Ashura for Hezbollah and its supporters goes beyond the obvious religious rituals. It has defined their stance in the face of US and Israeli policies not only as a military resistance, but also as a deeply rooted political and social movement.