Bahrain: Jaw Prison Administration Prevents Political Detainees from Commemorating Ashura Rituals
Political detainees at Jaw Central Prison said the prison administration officially prevented them from commemorating Ashura rituals on the grounds of "irregularities".
3 NGOs Confirm that Bahraini Authorities Exploited Covid-19 Pandemic to Restrict Religious Freedoms during Ashura Season
Three Bahraini human rights organizations issued a statement in which they expressed their concern about the Bahraini government's exploitation of the Covid-19 pandemic to restrict the religious freedoms of Shia citizens during 2021 Ashura season.
Tenth of Muharram: Vast Commemoration of Ashura Rituals despite Security Measures, King Thanks Interior Ministry
The Bahraini authorities turned the 10th day of Muharram into a maneuver, deploying exaggerated numbers of troops and vehicles everywhere in Bahrain.
On 10th of Muharram Eve Sheikh Isa Qassim Says Islamic Brotherhood between Shiites and Sunnis in Bahrain Firm, Authorities' War Mere Political
Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim said the measures imposed by the Bahraini authorities on the commemoration of Ashura are "a mere political, not sectarian, war"
Ninth Day of Muharram 2021: Heavy Security Deployment for Intimidation, Head of Al-Dair Mourning Procession Arrested
On the ninth day of Muharram 2021, the Interior Ministry intensified the deployment of its troops in dozens of Shiite areas, commemorating Ashura, for the purpose of intimidation and imposing restrictions on the annual religious rituals.
Seventh Day of Muharram 2021: Two Mourners Arrested, Al-Daihi Denies Authorities' claims of Tolerance in Ashura
On the seventh day of Muharram 2021, security authorities attacked a mourning procession in Hamad Town and arrested two mourners, while troops continued to deploy in the vicinity of some Ma'tams (mourning halls).
Sixth Day of Muharram 2021: Authorities Use Coronavirus as Pretext to Enforce Restrictions on Rituals, Limit Number of Gatherings to Only 30 Persons
On the sixth day of Muharram (1443 Hijri/August 15, 2021), government agencies continued targeting the events and manifestations of Ashura in various ways and means, this time using the Coronavirus and the medical team as a pretext to impose strict restrictions on the religious practices of the Shiite majority in the country.
Bahrain Scholars: Authorities' Measures against Ashura Arbitrary, Have Nothing to Do with Medical Precautions
Bahrain's religious scholars issued on Monday (August 16, 2021) a statement condemning the authorities' arbitrary measures to restrict the citizens' commemoration of Ashura religious rituals.
Third Day of Muharram 2021: 7 Participants in Sanabis Obsequy & 2 Eulogy Reciters Arrested, Dozens Summoned for Raising Husseini Banners
On the third day of Muharram, Bahraini security services continued their ongoing campaign against Ashura manifestations in Bahraini villages and cities as part of a series of systematic and sectarian targeting repeated annually.
Second Day of Muharram 2021: Iraqi Preacher Expelled, Citizens Summoned for Interrogation, Officers Inspect Obsequies
On the second day of Muharram, Bahraini authorities continued to target Ashura manifestations in towns and villages, while officials and officers inspected obsequies and met with their heads.
First Day of Muharram 2021: Interior Ministry Begins Campaign against Ashura Rituals
A tweet, written by Bahraini activist Yousif Al-Khaja on his Twitter page, may sum up the reality of the activity of state agencies, led by the Bahraini Interior Ministry, restricting Shiite citizens in their commemoration of Ashura on the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH).
Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Ansari Receives 6-Month Jail Term over Religious Lecture
A Bahraini court sentenced on Wednesday (November 18, 2020) Shiite cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Ansari to 6 months over a religious sermon he delivered in Ashura.
MoI Threatens Participants in Commemorating 40th Anniversary of Ashoura with "Legal Measures"
Interior Ministry issued a provocative statement threating to take legal measures against the majority of Shiites participating in the commemoration of 40th anniversary of Imam Hussein martyrdom (Arbaeen) in case of holding gathering in the homes.
Interior Ministry Summons Number of Husseini Preachers for Speaking about Yazid bin Muawiya
The Interior Ministry has continued punishing preachers as it used to do after every Ashura season in Bahrain.
Abbas Bou Safwan: Constitutional Freedom to Hold Husseini Procession and Blind-Hearted People
Blind-hearted people will never see the truth even when it is crystal clear.
Sheikh Al-Daihi: Closure of Al-Zahraa Mosque, Restrictions on Ashura Rituals Deemed Blatant Violation against Values, Rituals
Al-Wefaq deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Hussein Al-Daihi condemned the closure of Al-Zahraa Mosque in Hamad Town and restrictions practiced by the authorities against Ashura rituals, considering this "a blatant violation against rituals and freedoms".
Ayatollah Qassim: Closing Hamad Town Mosques Seditious, Warfare against Ahl Al-Bayt Thoughts
Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of Shia majority in Bahrain, condemned the decision to close Shiite mosques in Hamad town, considering it a seditious step that aims at fighting the thoughts of Ahl Al-Bayt.
The 21-Minute Virus
Only 20 minutes is the time allowed for Husseini obsequies (religious congregation halls) to broadcast live their mourning ceremony during Ashura this year. After the 20-minute mark, these obsequies will be considered to be violating the law, and the authorities will shut them down for 3 years, fining them 10,000 dinars.
Ayatollah Qassim Calls for Commemorating Ashura away from Political Tensions
The spiritual leader of Shia majority in Bahrain, Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim, called for commemorating Ashura away from political tensions, stressing the need that the commemoration be held "outside the scope of harm" while adhering to preventive measures.
In Televised Speech on Ashura Occasion: Al-Daihi Stresses on Patience until Achieving Demands, Calls for Commemorating Ashura under Health Restrictions
Al-Wefaq deputy Secretary-General, Sheikh Hussein Al-Daihi, stressed what he dubbed "Strategic Patience" in order to achieve demands, confirming that "the people of Bahrain are a school for positive patience associated with work throughout their political history, and their movement will end with victory and achieving the great goals they are seeking."