Dozens march in Boise for martyrdom of Imam

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Dozens march in Boise for martyrdom of Imam

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by KTVB

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Posted on December 23, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 24 at 2:52 PM

BOISE -- Dozens of people from Boise's Islamic community marched down Fairview Avenue for the martyrdom of Imam Hussain.

Shia Muslims around the world, including here in Idaho, are marking the end of a 40-day mourning period for a martyr killed centuries ago.

Imam is remembered as a Shi'ite Saint, and is grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

He is believed to have been killed in battle against the leader of what became the Sunni branch of Islam.

The group marched down Fairview Avenue and one organizer says it's an important part of their religion.

"It's part of our culture, it's part of our religion, all our apostles they encourage us to do the visiting to keep the revolution of the Imam Hussain alive. One way that we keep this revolution of the Imam Hussain alive is to participate in the street and do this ceremony," said Asaad Zangana.

Millions of Shi'ites around the world now commemorate his death by marching.

This is the second year the group has organized a march in Boise.

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