Anti-Shia Terror on Ashura Day


On one of the major Shiite Muslim holidays, terrorist attacks against believers have occurred in several countries.


In Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, there were four explosions directed against the Ashura procession which is celebrated by Shiite Muslims. As a result, several people were injured, but no killed have been reported.

Earlier, the Afghan capital was rocked by a loud explosion set off in a mosque during prayer, where a large crowd of people had gathered. The attack killed 14 people and injured about 30.

"Taliban" and ISIS groups hold to the positions of so-called Sunni fundamentalism.

Banning the traditional procession

In the Muslim regions of India, as well as in Azerbaijan, processions dedicated to this day are prohibited.

In Indian Jammu and Kashmir, a strict curfew was introduced. Meanwhile, Azerbaijan decided to distract citizens with other public affairs - the streets on which the procession is traditionally held were filled with on-duty ambulances for a blood donation drive.

Religion and politics

Ashura Day is celebrated in memory of Imam Hussein, who died in the liberation war. Because of this, many governments, such as India, are afraid that this religious ceremony will develop into political action.

The government of Indian Kashmir remembers how a similar case happened several years ago. If such happens this year, in the context of general instability, then it could result in serious clashes with victims.

In Iran, where this day is celebrated as a national holiday, the authorities emphasize the need for marches as representing the "endless and unwavering stance of truth against falsehood and humanity’s struggle against tyranny - causes for which Imam Hussein sacrificed his life."

There is a strong likelihood that the ban imposed by secular authorities will be ignored. However, in Azerbaijan, where a fatwa was adopted against processions, the Shiite community is split over different views on this traditional holiday.