Police Blocks Egyptian Shiites from Mourning Ashura in Imam Hussein Mosque

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Middle East
Tuesday, 27 November 2012

egpt shiaEgypt's police barred a number of Muslim Shias from entering Al-Hussein Mosque in Cairo to mourning Satruday the holiday of Ashura.

On Ashura, Shia Muslims commemorate the martyring of Imam Hussein (pbuh), the grandson of the Prophet

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The decision to ban Shias from Al-Hussein Mosque reportedly came after a number Salafist Youth and a number of Sunni movements filed a complaint requesting that Shias be blocked from entering the mosque Saturday.

Meanwhile, Al-Azhar issued a statement warning against staging any celebrations in the mosque, saying that Ashura would only be celebrated through fasting and praying, adding that Egypt and Sunnis refuse any form of "heresy that will only cause sectarian conflict."

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