Martyrdom Of Imam Ali

Observed on the 21st day of Ramadan in Iran, The Martyrdom of Imam Ali is a public holiday that commemorates the martyrdom of Ali ibn Abu Talib—the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad and considered by Shia Muslims to be the first Imam. Imam Ali is also known as Hazrat Ali and is considered to be an important figure for not only Shia Muslims but for Muslims all across the globe.

He was the first male to accept Islam—which for many people means that he is the first Muslim in history. This holiday is celebrated with people taking off of work and attending religious services.

The History Of  The Martyrdom Of Imam Ali

Imam Ali was born to Abu Talib and Fatima bin Asda and became the first male to accept the religion of Islam. He would fight alongside Muhammad during the early years of Islam and when he migrated to Medina, he would marry Muhammad’s daughter Fatima and become his son-in-law.

When Caliph Uthman ibn Affan was assassinated, he would become appointed the Caliph in 656. He would rule as Caliph until 661 when he was struck by a poisonous sword wielded by Ibn Mulijam–a Kharijite from Egypt. The sword strike was to Ali’s head and it proved fatal. Ibn Mulijam would be captured and executed in retaliation and Ali would become a martyr.

Fast Facts About Iran

Below are some fast facts about Iran that we feel most of our readers will find illuminating.

  • Iranian females above the age of nine are required to wear a Hijab in public.
  • Polo began in Iran during the 6th century as cavalry training.
  • Soccer is the most popular sport in Iran.
  • Approximately 10% of the world’s oil reserves are in Iran.

Observing The Martyrdom Of Imam Ali

This holiday is observed through fasting, prayer, and religious service. This day is also observed by national mourning. Mourners all across Iran will fill mosques and visit religious sites to mark this solemn event.

Where is it celebrated?
Iran (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2023)
April 12 Wednesday
Next year (2024)
March 31 Sunday
Last year (2022)
April 23 Saturday