SHAFAQNA – A group of foreign nationals located in Tehran along with Iranians who used to live abroad or even pay occasional visits to Iran, have gathered together to commemorate martyrdom of Imam Hussain on the Day of Ashura.
Commemoration ceremonies for Imam Hussain can be found all over the Islamic Republic of Iran during this Islamic month of Moharram. However a gathering in Tehran reflects to the extent that not only did the message of Imam Hussain, the message of truth, not die on the plains of Karbala, it is very much alive.
Mourners who originate from many different countries, such as the United States, South Africa, Australia and so many other places prove that by Imam Hussain laying down his life in Karbala, almost 1400 years ago, he kept the message of Allah alive and spread the truth to the four corners of the earth.
These foreigners, who have either temporarily or permanently relocated to Iran, have the opportunity to mourn and commemorate Imam Hussain in their native English language. This group offers a unique opportunity to its members to have these religious gatherings in English, where they can make a closer connection to the tragedy of Karbala and the legacy left behind.
“Every day is Ashura and everywhere is Karbala” is being reflected upon in these gatherings of eastern and western Muslims who say they are ready to answer the call of Imam Hussain, “Is there anyone to help me?”
Those in Tehran who are interested in participating in the gathering can attend it at Eyvan-e Shams Hall located at the beginning of Kurdistan Expressway, between Golha Sq. and Chamran Expressway, every night at Maghrib, beginning with prayers. It will last until the 11th of Moharram. The programs are opened to the public, preferably those who understand English.