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Iran, Islamic Republic Of

October 10, 2016

Heartfelt condolences to you all on the poignant occasion of Tas’ua or the 9th of the mourning month of Moharram. It is the anniversary of the day on which in the year 61 AH, Imam Husain (AS) asked for a day’s respite prior to the heartrending tragedy of Ashura. As a matter of fact, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (SAWA) didn’t ask for respite from death, but he gave respite to the Omayyad forces surrounding him and depriving him of water, to ponder on their evil acts, and return to God and Islam.

True, the Imam said that he and his companions wanted to spend the day and the night in prayers and supplications in the Divine Court, before embarking for the other world, but in the process the Imam gave humanity also respite, to contemplate in every age and place, on the magnitude of the oppression of Yazid and his likes, in order to strive more resolutely for justice and virtue for reforming societies.

Now we have a special feature on this day, which is associated in Iran and Iraq with the valiant standard-bearer of Karbala, Hazrat Abu’l-Fazl Abbas (AS), who bravely courted martyrdom on the day of Ashura while trying to bring water to the thirsty encampment of Imam Husain (AS), but making sure that not a drop would touch his own parched lips, since the children in the camp were thirsty. Incidentally, today, because of a day’s difference in sighting the crescent, happens to be the 8th of Moharram in the Subcontinent, where the commemorative ceremonies for Hazrat Abbas (AS) are traditionally held on this day.

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