Iranian Sunni community's loyalty to Imam Hussein (AS)
Household of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), particularly Imam Hussein (AS), third Shia Imam and grandson of the Prophet of Islam is especially important to the Sunni community and mourning for the Imam has a background as long as the history of Islam.
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Although there are differences between Shia and Sunni views on mourning ceremonies one of the key commonalities between Muslims from all denominations is their loyalty to the household of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) as several instances of the Sunni community for Ahlul Bayt (AS) can be recalled, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA).
Mamusta Faeq Rostami, representative of the people in Kurdistan province in the Assembly of Experts called Imam Hussein (AS) uprising was against injustice, oppressions of Yazid and confrontation with the tyrants of the time saying,” Imam Hussein (AS) does not belong to a particular denomination as he belongs to the entire world of Islam.”
He said,” The third Shia Imam is the leader and example for humanity, taught liberality to the world people and revived the religious values.”
Mamusta Amin Rasti, interim prayer leader of Sanandaj referred to ‘revival of humanity and uprising against oppression’ as the key message of Ashura.
According to the prominent Sunni scholar the uprising and school of Imam Hussein (AS) is the movement which led to revival of identity, freedom and honor for all people.
He praised the unique loyalty of Sunni community for Imam Hussein (AS) and said the practical instances of this loyalty can be seen in the books, poetry and ceremonies by the Sunnis focused on the third Shia Imam.
Mamusta Mostafa Shirzadi, prayer leader of Marivan also highlighted the affection of the Sunnis and also non-Muslims for Imam Hussein (AS) and said the loyalty for the third Shia Imam can be seen in the ceremonies even 14 centuries after his martyrdom.
Imam Hussein (AS) rose against the tyrant ruler of his time, Yazid ibn Muawiya back in 632 AH. The third Shia Imam and 72 of his companions and household members were martyred in the Battle of Karbala. Ashura is the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS) marked by millions of Muslims across the globe on 10th of Muharram, first month in the Muslim lunar calendar.