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IAF Marks Martyrdom Anniversaries

IAF Marks Martyrdom AnniversariesIAF Marks Martyrdom Anniversaries

The Iranian Artists’ Forum (IAF) hosted local music bands on the martyrdom anniversaries of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Imam Reza (AS) and Imam Hassan (AS), the eight and second Shia Imams respectively, earlier this week.

Ancient mourning rituals and religious songs were performed by groups from Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Kermanshah, Bushehr, East Azarbaijan and Mazandaran provinces, Mehr News Agency reported.

“People of various ethnic groups in Iran have created influential songs which have been a basic element in preserving different religious rituals in the country. Skilled vocalists and musicians did their best to pay tribute to the founders of the faith,” said Hamidreza Nurbakhsh, director of House of Music.

Veteran composer Mohammadreza Darvishi, said latmiyat, an Islamic lamentation to express the sad emotion through poetry, symbolize the life of the infallible imams and have a philosophical meaning, which “unfortunately is not understood by most people today.”

“Today, the rituals are performed without really understanding their meaning,” he lamented, emphasizing the need to comprehend tradition and customs and “rooting out aberrations that have emerged in the latmiyat.”

Annually, Shia Muslims all over the world express their devotion during the martyrdom anniversaries by observing traditional customs, from congregational rallies and distribution of votive food to commemoration programs where sad poems are sung.