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Iran’s Leader hosts mourning ceremony for Imam Hussein on Arba’een
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei hosts a mourning ceremony for Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam, as millions are marking Arba’een, the 40th day after the Imam’s martyrdom anniversary, in Iraq and elsewhere in the world.
Iran pilgrims returning home prior to Arbaeen as Iraq struggles with congestion
Iranians are ending their Arba’een pilgrimage early and returning home from Iraq as the neighboring Arab country is struggling with millions of pilgrims who arrived there from around the world over the last few days for the mourning rituals.
9 Iranian pilgrims die in Iraq ahead of Arbaeen
The head of Iran's Red Crescent Society has said 9 Iranian pilgrims have died in the Iraqi city of Karbala where they have converged to mark Arbaeen, the 40th day after Ashura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (PBUH).
Iran borders with Iraq closed
All Iranian borders with Iraq have been closed until further notice due to congestion days before the Arbaeen religious ceremony, an Iranian official announced on Friday.
Iranian interior minister in talks with Iraqi officials ahead of Arbaeen
Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi has held meetings with Iraqi officials in Baghdad to explore ways of facilitating the Arbaeen ceremonies in which millions of people participate including many from Iran.
Official: Pilgrims holding emergency passports can easily enter Iraq from Iran
The governor of Iran’s western Ilam Province says necessary arrangements have been made to enable the pilgrims holding emergency passports to cross the border into Iraq, and there is currently no issue facing their journey.
Iran’s leader offers condolences over passing of Shia cleric, Mostafavi
Iran’s leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has offered condolences to the family, students and followers of Hojatoleslam Seyyed Hassan Mostafavi over the Iranian cleric’s passing.
Iran closes border amid chaos in Iraq
The Iranian deputy interior minister for security affairs and the head of the Arbaeen committee says the border with Iraq has been closed after unrest gripped the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
Body of ethics teacher Ayatollah Nasseri laid to rest in Iran’s Isfahan
The body of ethics scholar the late Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Nasseri has been laid to rest in the central city of Isfahan after a funeral procession in the city.
Leader offers condolences on passing of senior Iranian Shia scholar
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has offered condolences on the passing of senior Iranian Shia Muslim cleric and scholar Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Nasseri, who died at the age of 92.
Iranian families host pilgrims of Arbaeen walk
A convoy of the lovers of Imam Hussein (AS), the third Shia Imam, from all provinces across Iran is moving on the Bandar Imam Khomeini route towards the city of Shalamcheh on the border with Iraq.
Tehran-Karbala train to start next week
Pilgrims of the Iraqi holy city of Karbala can travel from the Iranian capital Tehran via train from next week, the Iranian railway transportation company said.
‘Over 6,000 pilgrims entering Iraq from Iran’s Mehran border crossing daily’
An Iranian official says over 6,000 pilgrims are currently entering Iraq from Iran’s western Mehran border crossing on a daily basis, as the neighboring country is preparing to host a large Shia mourning ceremony in a few weeks.
Iran denies ties to attack on Salman Rushdie
The spokesperson of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has rejected claims that Iran was involved in a recent stabbing assault on anti-Islam novelist Salam Rushdie in New York.
Iranians mourn Ashura, Imam Hussein’s martyrdom anniversary
Millions of black-clad Iranians across the country, like other Shia Muslims worldwide, marked Ashura on Monday, the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shia Imam and the Prophet’s grandson, Imam Hussein (peace be upon him).
Ashura rituals as intangible national, world heritage
Iran is holding mourning ceremonies to mark Ashaura, the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein.
Millions of Iranians mourn Imam Hussein on Tasu’a
Millions of people across Iran are marking Tasu’a, the ninth day of Muharram on the lunar calendar and one day before Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam, was martyred in the desert of Karbala, Iraq, in 680 CE.
Iran calls on Taliban to ensure Shia mourners’ security
Iran has strongly condemned the fatal terrorist attack on a Shia neighborhood in the Afghan capital Kabul and urged the Taliban to provide the Muharram mourners with security.
Raisi condemns Israeli ‘crimes in Gaza’, terror blast in Afghanistan
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has condemned Israel’s recent bloody air raids on the Gaza Strip, but reiterateed that the Palestinian nation’s resistance against “Tel Aviv’s crimes will speed up the collapse of the occupying regime.”
The Leader says hijab issue must be dealt with “very gracefully and logically”
The leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution says everyone should act “very gracefully, logically and away from unnecessary emotions” on the issue of hijab – the Islamic dress code -- and clear reasoning must be employed to expose the western colonialist attitude in rejection of hijab.
Tehran’s 3-milion-strong celebrations trigger heated debate in Iran
A heated debate has been underway in the Iranian press over the holding of a massive public gathering in the capital, Tehran, attended by millions of people, to celebrate the joyous occasion of Eid al-Ghadir earlier this week.
10-kilometer feast on occasion of Eid Ghadir in Tehran
On Monday, July 18, 2022, Tehran’s Valiasr Avenue hosted a 10-kilometer feast on the occasion of Eid Ghadir, a great Islamic Eid.
3 Iranian Hajj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia
Three Iranian hajj pilgrims have died while performing the major Hajj rituals in Saudi Arabia.
Official: 50k pilgrims to travel visa-free to Iraq for Eid al-Ghadir on Monday
Iran’s interior ministry says 50,000 Iranian pilgrims will head to the shrine cities of Iraq for Eid al-Ghadir, which falls on Monday, without any need for entry visas.
Iran, Iraq in talks on reopening key border crossing ahead of pilgrimage season
Iran’s interior minister says talks are underway with Iraq on the reopening of Khosravi border crossing to facilitate the entry of Iranian pilgrims into the country, as millions of Muslims prepare to mark the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hossein, the third Shia Imam whose shrine is located in the Iraqi city of Karbala.