Martyrdom Of Imam Sadeq

Observed as a national public holiday in Iran, the Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq falls on the 25th day of Shawwal—the tenth month of the lunar-based Islamic calendar. This means that on the Gregorian calendar, it falls anywhere from May through June, depending on the year.

This holiday commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Sadeq, who died in the year 765 after being poisoned by Al-Mansur. Because this is a public holiday in the Islamic Republic, it’s a day off for the general population. It also means that government offices, schools, and most businesses will be closed on this day.

A Brief Biography of Imam Sadeq

Imam Sadeq was born Ja’far ibn Muhammad al-Sadiq in 702 CE in Medina, Hejaz, of the Umayyad Empire. He was a Muslim scholar and the 6th Imam. He was also the founder of the Ja’fari school of jurisprudence according to Twelver and Isma’ili Shi’ites. Over the course of his life, a wide range of religious works and scientific principles have been attributed to him.

He was arrested several times by Abbasid caliphs who felt that his claim to the title of caliph was a challenge to their authority. Many people suspect that he was poisoned at the behest of Mansur. He ended up dying at the age of 64 in 765 CE.

Interesting Facts About Iran

We have found quite a few interesting facts about Iran—facts that we would like to share with everyone. Below are some of the facts that we’ve gathered.

  • Iran is the second-largest country in the Middle East.
  • Iran is the 18th largest country in the world.
  • Tehran is the capital of Iran. It’s located south of the Elburz Mountains.
  • Iran has a population of approximately 83 million people as of 2021.

Observing the Martyrdom of Imam Sadeq

This holiday is observed with special ceremonies and events, particularly in the holy cities of Isfahan, Mashhad, and Qom. There are also religious services commemorating this day.

Where is it celebrated?
Iran (National holiday)
When is it?
This year (2024)
May 4 Saturday
Next year (2025)
April 24 Thursday
Last year (2023)
May 16 Tuesday