A symbolic caravan of Imam Hossein (PBUH) moved into the city of Istanbul, Turkey, to remind people of Imam Hossein’s martyrdom in Karbala over 13 centuries ago. The Battle of Karbala took place on Muharram 10, in the year 61 of the Islamic calendar in Karbala. On one side were 72 supporters and relatives of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)’s grandson Hossein Ibn Ali; on the other side was a 30 thousand-strong military detachment from the forces of Yazid I, the Umayyad caliph.
Imam Hussein (the grandson of Prophet Muhammad) and his companions were martyred on Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram (Lunar month), which falls on 24th October 2015 this year. Muharram ceremonies symbolize the eternal and unwavering stance of truth against falsehood and humanity’s struggle against tyranny, the cause for which Imam Hussein was martyred.