Bahraini Authorities Release 5 Clerics, Arrest 3 over Ashura Commemorations
The Bahraini authorities released Shiite preachers and summoned others. Meanwhile, more than 3 clerics have been arrested so far, after brining against them charges related to inciting hatred against the regime on the background of taking part in Ashura commemorations.
BCHR: Bahraini Authorities are Fighting Shiite Rituals in Ashura
The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) said that the security authorities in Bahrain target freedom of religion and belief through imposing restrictions on the commemoration of religious rituals and Ashura rituals in Bahraini villages and cities.
Bahrain Arrests Two Clerics who Participated in Commemorating Ashura Rituals
The Bahraini authorities arrested on Sunday (September 16, 2018) two preachers over taking part in commemorating Ashura occasion. Meanwhile, the authorities didn’t present any explanation about their arrest.
Sayed Sadiq Al-Ghuraifi and Sheikh Mahdi Al-Karzakani Summoned for Investigation
The Bahraini authorities summoned on Monday (September 17, 2018) Sayed Sadiq Al-Ghuraifi and Sheikh Mahdi Al-Karzakani over taking part in commemorating Ashura occasion.
Bahrain: Another Preacher Summoned over Commemorating Ashura Occasion
The Bahraini authorities summoned on Sunday (September 16, 2018) preacher Sheikh Yasin Al-Jamri on the background of taking part in commemorating Ashura rituals.
Court Sentences Cleric to Prison for Insulting Umayyad Caliph Yazid bin Muawiyah, Claims “Yazid was True Muslim”
Bahraini court sentenced cleric to six months in prison for “using offensive terms against Yazid bin Muawiyah”, the Umayyad ruler who killed the grandson of Prophet Muhammad.
BCHR Documents Ashura Violations in Bahrain: 67 Summoned and Detained including Clerics
Bahrain Center for Human Rightsurged US authorities to emphasize, in its dialogue with Bahraini authorities, the need for concrete changes in upholding Bahrain’s obligations to guarantee the freedom of religion and belief.
«Bahrain Mirror» issues «Ashura in Bahrain, US Embassy Wikileaks», Book Dedicated to Sheikh Isa Qassim
«Bahrain Mirror» issued today an e-book entitled “Ashura in Bahrain, US Embassy Wikileaks”, in both English and Arabic. The book is a broad reading into the content of diplomatic cables exchanged between the US Embassy in Manama and the US State Department, about the commemoration of Ashura in Bahrain, between 2005 and 2010.
Ashura in Bahrain, US Embassy Wikileaks
Ashura played highly effective political roles in all stages of Bahrain throughout history. Since the mid-90s, “It was surprising if not at least one political activist was arrested on the backdrop of an anti-government rhetoric, at the height of Ashura and the entire month of Muharram”.
Muharraq Police: Security Surveillance to be Conducted in Areas Hosting Ashura Events
The Director General of the Muharraq Police Directorate, Fawwaz Hassan al-Hassan, said that his directorate took upon itself the responsibility to exert all efforts to make the Ashura season this year successful.
Sheikh Bashar al-A’li Fined with 50 BD for Insulting Council of Representatives
A Bahraini court fined Tuesday (February 7, 2017) Bahraini cleric Sheikh Bashar al-A’li with 50 Bahraini Dinars on charges of insulting the Council of Representatives.
End of Shia Mourning Season: Why Does US Embassy Monitor Ashura in Bahrain?
In seven episodes, Bahrain Mirror presented a reading research on the cables sent by US Embassy in Manama to US State Department about Ashura commemoration. Why is US diplomacy so interested in Bahrain’s Ashura?
Journalist Faisal Hayyat Receives 3-Month Jail Term over Tweet
Bahrain's court sentenced on Tuesday (November 29, 2016) journalist Faisal Hayyat to 3 months in prison.
Salam Documents 199 Violations During Ashura, Highest Rate since 4 Years
Salam for Democracy and Human Rights issued a special report about the violations practiced against the Shia majority in Bahrain during Ashura this year.
BBC: Car Bomb Explodes Near Baghdad Leaving Dozens Killed, Mostly Iranians
BBC said that a car bomb targeted Shia returning from the Arbaeen pilgrimage at a checkpoint near Hilla, south of Baghdad.
Final WikiLeaks Cables: US Embassy Says Mushaima’s Ashura Speech in 2009 More Restrained, Expressed Respect for King (Part 7)
The final US Embassy cables on Ashura in Bahrain that WikiLeaks managed to leak discussed the Ashura commemorations during December of 2009.
WikiLeaks: Sheikh Isa Qassim’s Ashura Sermon in 2009 & Account of Iranian Envoy to Manama (Part 6)
The US Embassy continued to follow up commemoration rites of Ashura steadily, particularly the central address delivered during the religious occasion.
Al-Khawaja’s 2009 Ashura Speech: “The Ruling Gang” in US Cable and Justin Gengler’s Book (Part 5)
HR Activist Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja’s oration didn’t only attract the attention of political researchers like Justin Gengler but was also focus of US Embassy’s cable in 2009.
Wikileaks: 2007-2008 US Embassy Cables: Ashura in Bahrain, Desire to Express Shi'a Identity to Fullest (Part 4)
The US keen interest in following the commemoration of Ashura in Bahrain continued to be reflected in the Embassy’s annual reports.
WikiLeaks: Fareed Muftah to US Ambassador in 2006: Sunni Salafists Organize Provocative Shows in Ashura (Part 3)
Starting from 2005, US Embassy in Manama's report on Ashura became a routine procedure. Ashura Commemoration itself became an event to be observed, monitored, and reported.