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Welcome to my blog! True to my name, Shiva the Spy, I will be your eyes and ears in Iran, bringing you detailed accounts of everyday life from my perspective. You'll have a window into the social, cultural, political, and historical aspects of the country. I will bring you the stuff that American media can't...or won't. So, check back regularly for stories, photos, commentary, and anything else your curiosity calls for.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Another Day Off

Iran Daily, yesterday's front page:

Salutations to Imam Jafar Al-Sadeq (AS)
“No eyes have ever seen, no ears have ever heard and no heart has ever found anybody greater than Jafar ibn Muhammad Al-Sadeq (AS) in knowledge, piety and worship," Malik ibn Anas, the leader of a Sunni school of thought, said.

In fact, Muslim scholars of various schools never agreed unanimously on a matter as much as they agreed on the wisdom and virtues of Imam Jafar Al-Sadeq (AS) who is known as the theoretician of the Shiite school of thought.

Iran Daily expresses heartfelt condolences to our Muslim readers on the occasion of Imam Jafar Al-Sadeq (AS) martyrdom anniversary.

Since the day is a national holiday, our next issue will return to the newsstands on Nov. 29.

Ah, it's great suddenly finding out we've got a day off in the middle of the week, especially when we've got tons of homework to catch up on. Holidays to mourn martyrs, such as today's Imam Jafar Sadeq, the sixth successor to Prophet Mohammad, is a regular phenomenon in Iran.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Farzad said...

Holidays are just great!
No matter what...

11:18 PM  
Blogger Foulla said...

enjoy!;)

12:50 AM  
Blogger Hydra said...

Another blast to the country's economy

2:02 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

sounds fun!

One holiday i've never understood is ashura... do people really hurt themselves in memory of Imam Husayn? And secondly, is that all there is too it... i mean, is there feasts and stuff or is it just a period of mourning?

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

steve,

there are lots of feasts and stuff. lots of elbowing to get to food that is being cooked on the sidewalks or brickhomes' walled courtyards. the hurtful mourning is mostly a show, a carnival of sorts.

3:11 AM  

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