In a joint statement signed by Seyed Morteza Kashmiri, Seyed Fadhil Milani, Ali Alami, Seyed Mohammad Mousavi, Seyed Ali Reza Razavi and Seyed Hashem Mousavi, the scholars underlined the importance of keeping alive the mourning for the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions.
They stressed, however, that given conditions created by the outbreak of COVID-19 this year, it is also necessary to observe the health protocols and take preventive measures.
The scholars noted that Shia sources of emulation have overwhelmingly stressed that failing to observe the health protocols and paving the way for the spread of the virus is forbidden.
They urged that the programs for Muharram be held online, like those in the holy month of Ramadan.
Shia Muslims around the world mourn the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS), the Sayyid-ul-Shuhada (master of martyrs), in Muharram, the first month in the lunar Hijri calendar.
The third Shia Imam (AS) and a small group of his followers and family members were martyred by the tyrant of his time - Yazid Bin Moaweya, in the battle of Karbala on the tenth day of Muharram (known as Ashura) in the year 680 AD.
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The outbreak has had a major impact on global sporting, cultural, religious and political events, with a host of events canceled or postponed.