London (IP) - Thousands of Shia Muslims joined in a great march in London on Friday to commemorate Ashura, the day when Imam Hossein (AS), the third Shiite Imam, was martyred with his 72 loyal companions.

Iran PressEurope: Participants especially young people carried banners and chanted elegies to remember Imam Hussain's (A.S) school of thought and his message.

Shia Muslims and people of other faiths hold mourning rituals during the first ten days of Muharram to remember Imam Hossein (AS) 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.

Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram. In 61 AH (October 10, 680 CE), Imam Hussein (AS) and his faithful companions were martyred in the battle against the Kufa army led by 'Umar b. Sa'd.

This day is significant for Shia due to what occurred in Karbala on this day.


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