Bahraini Shias hold religious ceremony
Islam Times - Bahraini Shia Muslims have held a religious ceremony outside Bahrain's capital, Manama, to commemorate the anniversary of the passing of Hazrat Zainab, the daughter of the first Shia Imam.
Islam Times reports from Press TV: A large group of Bahrainis flooded the streets of Diraz village to hold the ceremony for the first time since the al-Khalifah regime lifted the emergency law in the Persian Gulf sheikdom.
The noble Lady of Islam, Hazrat Zainab (PBUH), conveyed the message of the martyrs of Karbala through her fervent speeches, which served to awaken Muslims all over the world.
The noble lady is the daughter of the first Shia Imam, Imam Ali (PBUH), and his wife, Prophet Mohammad's daughter Hazrat Fatemeh (PBUH).
The Persian Gulf kingdom banned public and religious gatherings after the beginning of anti-government protests in the country in mid-February, but lifted the ban earlier this month.
Saudi-backed Bahraini regime forces have demolished or desecrated hundreds of religious places and mosques during the past four months.
Thousands of anti-government protesters have been staging demonstrations in Bahrain, demanding political reforms and a constitutional monarchy, a demand that later changed to an outright call for the ouster of the ruling al-Khalifa family following its brutal crackdown on popular protests.
Scores of people have been killed and hundreds, including doctors and journalists, were arrested in the Saudi-backed crackdown on peaceful protesters in Bahrain.
Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) have bitterly criticized the Manama regime for its brutal crackdown on civilians.
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