SHAFAQNA Exclusive: Egyptian Shia Muslims forced to hold Ashura ceremonies in their houses

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Following the violent threats from Salafis to stop Ashura ceremonies by any means the Egyptian security forces gathered outside Imam Hussein Mosque. Meanwhile the Interior Ministry asked Shia Muslims not to go out of their houses on the day of Ashura and do not gather in the Al-Hussein area. Mohammad Qanim the Head of Egypt’s Shia organisations stressed that for the reasons obvious to everyone Shia Muslims were not able to hold Ashura ceremonies inside Imam Hussein Mosque. He added that all Shia leaders received threatening letters from the Salafi groups which warned of irreparable incidents and hence it was decided to hold the mourning ceremonies inside the houses.

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