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Iran Slams Bahrain for Handing Life Sentence to Opposition Leader

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi has condemned the life sentences handed by Bahrain’s Court of Appeal to Sheikh Ali Salman, the leader of the kingdom’s main opposition party Al-Wefaq, and two other anti-regime activists.

‘Iraq’s Top Cleric Urged Shiite Forces to Shield Sunnis’

Iraq's top cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has urged the Shiite forces of Hashd al-Sha’abi to sacrifice their lives to protect Sunni families who are under relentless attacks by ISIS, an Iranian official says.

Massive Arba’een Procession Held in Tehran as Shiites Convene in Karbala

A huge crowd of people in the Iranian capital of Tehran took part in a procession on Tuesday morning in commemoration of Arbaeen, marking forty days after the martyrdom anniversary of the third Shiite Imam, Imam Hussein (AS).

Helsinki Hosts Art Exhibition Marking Ashura

The Finnish capital of Helsinki recently hosted an art exhibition with the main theme of mourning for the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third Shiite Imam.

Ta’zieh: An Islamic Passion Play Depicting Battle between Good, Evil

Islamic passion plays, known as Ta'zieh in Iran, are dramatic performances which depict battles between good and evil characters, who are clearly distinguished by wearing costumes with distinct, and meaningful, colours.

Muharram; A Phenomenon Affecting Various Aspects of Shiite Life

The rituals practiced in the lunar months of Muharram and Safar are not just basic traditions to Shiite Muslims. They rather impact all cultural and social dimensions of their lives, and their lessons can help believers solve many social and political problems.

“Riyadh Stepping Up Crackdown on Shiites in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain”

A former Iranian diplomat says Riyadh is intensifying its crackdown on Shiite Muslims both in Saudi Arabia and in Bahrain as they have started mourning the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad.

Basra Youths Symbolically Clean Iran’s Burned Consulate

A group of Iraqi youths from the southern city of Basra have symbolically cleaned up the damages inflicted by a group of attackers on the former building of Iran’s consulate in the city to show the depth of the friendship and brotherhood between the two nations.

Iraq’s Top Cleric Opposed to Premiership of Former Officials

Iraq’s top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani is reportedly opposed to the candidacy of former Iraqi officials for the post of prime minister, according to a source.

Arab Pilgrims Exchanging Currencies in Iranian Streets

The three-month closure of currency exchange offices in the holy city of Qom in central Iran has prompted many ordinary people and even foreign pilgrims to turn to the city’s streets to exchange their money and even earn a livelihood.

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