The ruling Taliban movement in Afghanistan on Friday temporarily turned off mobile Internet in Kabul, when the important day of Ashura for Muslims is celebrated, sources said.
According to the source, the measures taken by the Afghan Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ATRA) are aimed at ensuring security in the capital during religious ceremonies. He added that restrictions on the use of mobile Internet by citizens may be in effect until the end of the day.
Ashura Day is celebrated by all Muslims, but its meaning for different movements of Islam is not the same. Among the Sunnis, this date is considered significant because of the help of the Almighty to save Musa (Moses) from the troops of the pharaoh. For Shiites, this is primarily a day of mourning for Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. Imam Hussain was killed and beheaded at the Battle of Karbala on October 10, 680, his relatives and 70 of his companions were also killed. On the Day of Ashura, the Shiites perform self-flagellation ceremonies, this custom symbolizes the suffering of Hussein before his death.