Tasu'a mourning processions underway in holy city of Qom
People of the holy city of Qom, south of Tehran, took part in the mourning processions and rituals of Tasu'a on the 9th day of Moharram mourning ceremonies, and on the eve of Ashura.
They hold mourning ceremonies during the first 10 days of Moharram to remember Imam Hussein and his 72 companions, who were all martyred after fighting thousands of soldiers of the ruling tyrant of the time, caliph Yazid I in Iraq's Karbala desert in 680 AD.
Tasu'a is devoted to Hazrat Abbas ibn Ali (PBUH), Imam Hussein’s half-brother, who made great sacrifices to protect the imam and his family and was eventually martyred on the 10th day of Moharram, or Ashura, shortly before Imam Hussein himself.
He was martyred as he tried to bring water for women and children in Imam's camp, who had no water to drink for days due to a siege by the enemy.