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Muslim devotees mourn Imam Jafar Sadeq on martyrdom anniversary
A group of Muslim devotees known as the Sadeqiyoun Society have held a procession to mark the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Jafar Sadeq, the sixth Shia Imam, in Mashhad, northeastern Iran.
Saudi Arabia executes Shia man over ‘terror charges’
Saudi Arabia has executed a man from Qatif region in the Shia-populated Eastern Province over alleged links to a "terrorist cell."
Iranian cleric warns Azeri officials not to fall for plots by Israel’s lackeys
The Friday prayer leader of the Iranian city of Tabriz has said the recent remarks of Israel’s lackeys will have no effect on the unity between Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Riyadh executes young Shia man over ‘terror charges’, opposition denies allegations
Saudi authorities carried out the death sentence handed down to a young man from the Shia-majority Qatif region over terrorist charges. This as a crackdown led by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) against pro-democracy campaigners continues in the country with a long history of executions.
Taliban: Shiites Face No Threat for Holding Muharram Mourning Ceremonies
A regional official of the Taliban in north west Afghanistan says Shiites can hold mourning ceremonies, held every year during the Muslim calendar month of Ramadan, with peace of mind as they will no threat for doing so.
Iran Urges Unity among Iraqi Factions in Meeting with Shiite Leaders
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has met with leaders of Iraqi political groups as well as prominent Shiite figures, including former prime ministers.
Ayatollah Sistani Urges Removal of Sanctions in Meeting with Pope: Iran
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh says Iraq’s top religious authority Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has called for the removal of sanctions against nations in his recent meeting with the pontifex in Najaf.
Iran Offers Condolences over Demise of Lebanese Scholar
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has, in a message, expressed condolences on the demise of senior Lebanese scholar Sheikh Ahmed al-Zain.
Senior Iranian Cleric Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi Dies at 86
Senior Iranian conservative Shiite cleric Ayatollah Taqi Mesbah Yazdi has passed away at the age of 86.
Master Farshchian: I Saw Imam Reza’s Face and Painted Him!
Renowned Iranian artist Mahmoud Farshchian recounts how he painted his famous work of art which depicts Imam Reza, the eighth Shiite Imam.
Iranian Cleric Grand Ayatollah Saanei Passes Away
Iranian Grand Shiite Ayatollah, Yousef Saanei, has passed away at the age of 83 after being hospitalized for several days at a clinic in the holy city of Qom.
Shiite Muslims to Observe Arbaeen Remotely over Pandemic: Iran
Iran’s health minister says this year’s Arbaeen march, which is to mark the fortieth day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), will be held remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Torch-Carrying Muharram Tradition Observed in Qom
The tradition of carrying torches on the eve of Ashura, the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram, is annually observed in the Iranian city of Qom in commemoration of the fire that burned Imam Hussein's tent in Karbala tragedy.
Shiite Muslims Mourn Karbala Tragedy Ahead of Ashura
Shiite Muslims all around the world mark the ninth day of the lunar month of Muharram, known as Tasu'a, one day before the anniversary of Imam Hussein's martyrdom in Karbala tragedy.
Iran’s Hamadan Hosts 3D Lighting Performance on Ashura
On the occasion of first decade of Muharram, the historical events of the Islamic month are narrated with three-dimensional lighting in Iran.
Muharram Mourning Rituals Start in Iran amid Strict COVID-19 Measures
Iranians are marking one of the most important months on the Islamic calendar, Muharram.
National Day of Shah-e Cheragh Commemorated in Iran
Iranian people on Sunday commemorated the National Day of Shah-e Cheragh, which is a cultural occasion marked every year across the country in honour the brother of eighth Shiite Imam.
Iran to Reopen Holy Shrines Nationwide despite COVID-19 Pandemic
The Iranian president says holy sites across the nation will reopen the day after the Eid al-Fitr, but the health protocols should be observed as before in order to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Iranians Attend ‘Qadr Night’ Rituals While Observing Health Protocols
Iranian people on Tuesday night observed health protocols at religious sites where Qadr night rituals were held nationwide, says the country's health minister.
Mosques to Reopen Across Iran in Conformity with Social Distancing Measures
Iran’s Health Ministry has announced details of protocols on the reopening of mosques across Iran ahead of the Qadr nights (Laylat al-Qadr) when people stay awake and pray from midnight till dawn.
Free Coffee Served in Iranian City to Celebrate Religious Feast
According to an old custom, people in the city of Zavareh in Iran’s Isfahan Province serve free coffee in celebration of the mid-Sha'ban Islamic feasts every year.
Iranian Holy Shrine Used for Production of Masks amid COVID-19 Outbreak
The holy shrine of Shah Cheragh in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz has been temporarily turned into a workshop for local women producing masks amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 in the country.
Iran Says in Talks with Abuja to Resolve Sheikh Zakzaky Issue
Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran has highlighted the country’s consultations with the Nigerian government over the conditions of top Shiite cleric Sheikh Ibrahim al-Zakzaky.
Millions of Shiite Muslims in Karbala to Mark Arba’een
Millions of Shiite Muslims have flocked to the Iraqi city of Karbala to mark the annual Arba’een pilgrimage, a trek of at least 76 km, to commemorate the anniversary of the fortieth day after the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali (AS), the third Shiite Imam.
Markets Filled with Instruments for Mourning in Muharram
Special musical instruments, flags, banners, and equipment are annually used by Shiite Muslims in Iran and other countries during the lunar month of Muharram, when the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, a grandson of Prophet Muhammad, is mourned.