0435 GMT May 17, 2021
Every year, mourners converge in mosques, places of worship and religious sites nationwide to mark the solemn occasion. During the ceremonies, poems are recited and sermons delivered in honor of one of the most revered figures of Islam, Press TV reported.
This year, however, people have been avoiding gatherings indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Imam Ali (PBUH), a cousin and son-in-law of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), was struck in the head with a poisonous sword by Ibn Muljam while he was saying his prayers in the Great Mosque of Kufa, which is located in Iraq now, on the 19th of Ramadan 40 AH (661 CE). He passed away two days later.
The night preceding Imam Ali’s martyrdom is considered to be one of the threefold Qadr (Destiny) Nights, when the Holy Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) more than 14 centuries ago.
Throughout the nights, Muslims recite the Holy Qur’an, hold vigils until dawn, and pray.
Religious rituals were held in all cities and towns across Iran.