The Martyrdom of Imam Hasan al-Askari, the eleventh Shia Imam, is observed on the 8th of Rabi’ al-awwal. His death is particularly significant to Shias, who believe his son, Imam Mahdi, was hidden by God and will return as the Mahdi, or guided one. The day is marked by religious gatherings and sermons where the life and times of Imam Hasan al-Askari are reviewed, and his contribution to Islamic theology is discussed.
Tips for Travellers:
- Wear suitable attire during this event, avoiding shorts or revealing tops.
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