Marrat Iman Ali is not a night for celebration, but a night of remembrance.
It was on this night in AD 663 Imam Ali bin Abi Talib was murdered with a strike to the head by a poisonous sword in Kufa, Iraq. He died two days later.
Imam Ali is a very important figure in the Shi’ite/ Shia religion for the following reasons:
1. he was the fourth Islamic Caliph
2. he was a son-in-law of the Prophet Mohammed
3. he was the only person to have been born inside the Ka’aba in Mecca.
The Kaa'ba. Image taken from: http://cache.virtualtourist.com/3240436-the_kaaba-Mecca.jpg
The inside of the Kaa'ba. Image taken from: http://z.about.com/d/atheism/1/0/M/f/KaabaInterior.jpg
On this day Shi'ites will hold remembrance services and/or processions marking his death.