Shiite Activist: Ashura day commemoration to be held despite ban
Hussein Mosque - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Ashura annual commemoration will be held on Thursday at al-Hussein Mosque despite the security stance of the Ministry of Interior, said Shiite activist Amr Abdullah Tuesday.

The Minister of Religious Endowment Mokhtar Gomaa decided in coordination with the Ministry of Interior to ban Shiites from holding Ashura commemoration, which Abdullah considered to be a human rights violation, he told Youm7.

Shiite Muslims annually commemorate the day of Ashura which marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussein Ibn Ali, grandson of Prophet Mohamed.

He emphasized that Shiites will not be pressured by such decisions and will continue to commemorate and hold rituals every year.

“Shiites’ main demand regarding the constitution is to have equal liberties with every other Egyptian,” said Abdullah.

Originally published in Youm7.

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