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Iranian eulogist in trouble for saying Imam Hussein used to swear

A eulogist stirred strong reactions and possible legal consequences after a televised interview in which he described how Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, used to swear.
Iranian Shiite Muslims chant in western Tehran on October 12, 2016, during the annual Ashura commemorations marking the killing of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Islam's Prophet Mohammed in 680AD.  / AFP / ATTA KENARE        (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

A eulogist got himself in trouble for saying in a televised interview Oct. 8, during the most sacred holidays in Iran, that Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, used to swear — and how the eulogist is only following Hussein’s example. The interview was recorded in Tehran’s Bazaar for a program called "Bedun-e Ta’arof" ("Bluntly").

Ashura is known to Shiite Muslims as the day Imam Hussein was killed during the battle of Karbala by Yazid, the Umayyad caliph, and is nationally mourned across Iran continuously for days. Eulogists hold a key role in the mourning rituals and are often the center of attention when they chant and tell stories about Karbala in mosques and private homes and at public gatherings.

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