Iranian mourners mark martyrdom anniversary of Imam Ali (AS)
Iranian mourners mark the martyrdom anniversary of the Commander of True Believers Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (AS), in outdoor events while observing social distancing rules due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Every year, the mourners converge in mosques, places of worship and religious sites nationwide to mark the solemn occasion. During the ceremonies, elegies are recited, sermons and speeches are delivered in honor of the leader of the pious, the symbol of justice, the epitome of valour, and the gateway of the city of knowledge, Imam Ali (AS).
This year, however, people have been avoiding gatherings indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
Imam Ali, a cousin, ward, son-in-law, and divinely-decreed vicegerent of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) was martyred on 21st of Ramadan 40 AH in Kufa and was laid to rest in nearby Najaf, which today is one of the foremost centres of pilgrimage with its golden domed shrine.
Two days earlier, while in the state of ritual morning prayer in the Mosque of Kufa, the Imam (AS) was fatally struck on the head by the poisoned sword of the renegade, Abdur-Rahman Ibn Muljam.
The night preceding Imam Ali’s (AS) martyrdom is considered to be one of the threefold Qadr (Destiny) Nights, when the Holy Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (SAWA.
Throughout the Night of Destiny, Muslims recite the holy Qu’ran, and pray until dawn.