Dozens of Algerian Shiites To Celebrate Ashura In Tunisia Kairouan

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A large number of Algerian Shiites, since the month of Muharram, according to the Shiite cleric Ayatollah Sistani calendar, began to flock to the Tunisian city of Kairouan, to revive the boards of the Shiite mourning, and show "sorrow" at the death of the descendant of Messenger of Allah Al-Hussein Ben Ali, Tunisian security sources told Echorouk.

"At least 200 of the adherents of Twelver Shi'ism, especially who are living in the eastern provinces like Batna, Constantine, Setif, and others like Algiers, Oran and Mascara traveled since Monday, to the Tunisian city of Kairouan, which hosts one of the the largest Shiite mosques that are located in a number of Tunisian cities, to revive the boards of the Shiite mourning, on the day of the death of the grandson of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH), Hussein Bin Ali, where every night before Ashura day councils are held to remember the incident of Karbala in which Hussein Bin Ali was killed, and where Shiites mourn and slap their faces until the day of Ashura in the morning, where the ceremonies reach the climax when the audience embody the scenes the day of Ashura through what it looks like a technical review of the drama.

Number of observers to Shi-Ism in Algeria think that the followers of the sect resort to Tunisia to revive Ashoura councils, due to the greater freedom that they find in the eastern neighbor of Algeria, especially as they that revived the Eid of Al-Ghadeer on September, 19 in circumstances that gained their satisfaction, as they are active in legal ways and since the era of the ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, within three licensed associations, and the oldest and most influential one is the cultural association "Ahl Al Beit Aleihim Assalam" (People of the House Peace Be Upon Their Souls), that is headed by one of their leaders Imad Eddin Hamrouni, as the sect is also led by Mubarak Baghdash, a former leader in the Tunisian Annahda Movement.

Algeria "Shiites" prefer the revival of religious ceremonies in Tunisia in order to avoid security controls, and even popular, as the presence of Shiites in Algeria is still rejected by the Algerian society, and the authorities consider them a threat to the religious harmony among Algerians, where the Sunni al-Maliki harmony between Algerians.

Many observers to the file of Shiism assert that Iranian and Iraqi Shiism references attend such ceremonies in Tunisia, where the adherents of the doctrine are given guidance about how to deploy their doctrine in various ways, from the beginning to the end via Facebook pages and with the direct contact with people.

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