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Afghans mark Arba'een under security threats

Abdullah Amirzada

Press TV, Kabul

People across Afghanistan are commemorating the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, known as Arba'een.

People gather in mosques on this day and hold mourning ceremonies to pledge their loyalty to Imam Hussein and remember his legacy, which is resistance against arrogance and oppression.

On Arba'een, the poor, as well as those who attend the mourning ceremonies are fed for free. The march has now decreased due to the Taliban’s new security measures to prevent attacks on mourners by extremist groups. The love for Imam Hussein, however, is growing day by day.

Imam Hussein and his companions were martyred nearly 14-hundred years ago after they refused to pay allegiance to Yazid, the tyrant of the time.

Those who participate in Arba'een ceremonies believe that marking the day would help preserve the legacy of Imam Hussein who sacrificed everything for the sake of Islam.

People in Afghanistan, like the rest of Shia Muslims, mark Arba'een by doing religious activities to pledge their allegiance to Imam Hussein. They say they would not follow the arrogant as did not Imam Hussein.

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