SANA’A -Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis in the capital Sana’a and a number of provinces have on Tuesday afternoon staged mass rallies commemorating the Day of Ashura and the anniversary of Imam Husayn’s martyrdom.
The rally has witnessed a remarkable female presence, where the spaces allocated by the organizing committee were filled with thousands of women.
The participants repeated chants and cries to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Husayn. They also raised leaflets and banners that revived the spirit of introspection among those present in the march on the path of Imam Husayn.
Participants in the mass rally carried the flags of the Republic of Yemen and banners regarding the sacrifices of Imam Husayn, which took place on the 10th of Muharram in the year 680 CE.
They also carried banners denouncing the Saudi-led aggression against Yemen, and hoisted pictures of Leader of the Revolution Sayyid Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, and some participants raised pictures of Hezbullah Secretary-General Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah.
The rally in Sana’a was attended by dozens of ministers, leaders and social figures, including Information Minister Difallah al-Shami, Minister of Electricity Lutf al-Jarmouzi, Secretary of the Capital Hammoud Abad, and many Yemeni scholars, sheikhs and elders.
Sayyid Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi spoke on the rally, condemning all forms of normalisation of ties with the Zionist entity of Israeli, referring to the plans of some Arab regimes.
His remarks came during a speech he delivered to the nation to commemorate the Day of Ashura, which marks the annual martyrdom anniversary of Imam Husayn ibn Ali ibn Abi Taleb, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.
“The Yemeni people are aware of the nature of the battle they are fighting today against the aggression forces, topped by Saudi Arabia and the UAE,” Sayyid Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said. “The Yemeni people are living Imam Hussein’s grief, as they are exposed to the crimes of shelling and siege.”
The Leader noted the Yemeni people’s steadfastness against the aggression, affirming that they would triumph because they believe in Allah and in the justice of their cause.
In his speech, Sayyid al-Houthi reiterated the Yemeni people’s principled stance in supporting the Palestinian people and in opposing American hegemony and imperialism, expressing Yemen’s solidarity with the Islamic peoples of the world, including Iran, Lebanon, Syria and others.
Ashura marks the annual commemoration of the Battle of Karbala, in which Imam Husayn and most of his family and followers, many of whom were family and early followers of the Prophet Muhammad, were brutally murdered by forces of the Umayyad leader Yazid.
Millions of people gather around the shrine of Imam Husayn in Karbala, as well as in many other places in the world, to commemorate Ashura every single year.
The sacrifice of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad is seen by many Muslims as the epitome of the Islamic spirit of self-sacrifice and the revolutionary struggle for justice and equality.