Monday, December 15, 2008

Najaf's Cemetary: The Sadr Movement

Plastic flowers and posters of the dead adorn hundreds of graves as Shi'i Muslims visit the graves of loved ones at the Martyr's cemetery in the southern city of Najaf, some 160 kms from the capital Baghdad as Shi'is mark the start of the Eid al-Adha on December 9 2008.
(QASSEM ZEIN/AFP/Getty Images)

COMMENT: Each tomb, in addition to having a photograph of the deceased, is flanked with photographs of Grand Ayatullah Sayyid Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr (with the white beard and glasses) and his son, Muqtada al-Sadr. This hints at the influence of the Sadr Movement, founded by the father and now led by the son. Some of the tombs are also graced with paintings of the Shi'i (Twelver) Imams.

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