shi'ite islam

Iraq Commemorates Shi’ite Mourning Amid Preparations to Attack Mosul

By Ahmed Saeed KERBALA, Iraq, Oct 13 – Millions of Shi’ite Muslims flocked to Iraq’s holy city of Kerbala on Wednesday to commemorate Ashura, a religious day marking the slaying of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Hussein in the 7th century AD in a revolt against the Umayyad ruler Yazeed. Visitors came from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and

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Who Are the Hazaras and What Are They Escaping?

STOCKHOLM, Sept 22  – Hazaras are a mainly Shi’ite community, several thousand of whom have fled to Sweden in recent years to escape abuse and poverty in marginalised communities in Afghanistan and Iran. Often singled out because of their religion, Hazaras were persecuted by the Sunni Taliban during its 1996-2001 rule in Afghanistan. Many fled

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Bahrain Strips Top Shiite Muslim Cleric of Citizenship: Agency

DUBAI, June 20 – Bahrain has stripped the spiritual leader of the kingdom’s Shiite Muslim majority of his citizenship, state news agency BNA reported on Monday, and there were reports of a protest outside his house. The move against Ayatollah Isa Qassim comes less than a week after a court ordered the country’s main opposition

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