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image located by Esteban Rivera, 30 November 2014
In this picture (http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Saeqeh-fighter-jets-Iran-Air-Force1.jpg, source: http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=90142) taken back in 2010, there is a green flag in the middle with red lettering.
It seems to be a religious prayer: "Yā Hussain is an Arabic phrase used by
Shia Muslims to invoke the memory or intervention of Hussain ibn Ali. It is
especially used in the context of the Mourning of Muharram."
I've also seen the following variants:
- Black background with red letters: http://m5.i.pbase.com/o4/93/329493/1/59130245.IranMar062629.jpg (source: http://www.pbase.com/image/59130245)
- White background with red letters: https://muharramnyc.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/hussain1.jpg (source: http://pixgood.com/ya-hussain-flag.html))
Here is the explanation:
" Iran Islam Shia Ya Husain Religious, Political & Military Flag
The Inscription on the flag reads YA HUSAIN. He was the 3rd Imam of all Shia who was martyred in Karbala, Iraq, centuries ago & is a symbol for all Shias to raise against the Oppressors.
The wording above YA HUSAIN is the Famous Hadith of Prophet Muhammad that reads: " INNA-HUSAIN mISBAHUL-HUDA WA SAFINATUN-NAJAT" that means Husain is the Lighthouse of Islamic Guidance for the lost ships & the Rescue ship.
Such flags are mostly used by Shia Political & Military Groups in Iran & Lebanon."
Esteban Rivera, 30 November 2014
Not quite sure if it is a religious phrase. Mourning of Muharram was the day
Hussain was murdered (some kind of genesis story of Shiite vs. Sunnite Muslims).
Basically it means something like "Remember Hussein" (and forever don't be
friend with his murderers). The event marks the anniversary of the Battle of
Karbala when Imam Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, and a
Shia Imam, was killed by the forces of the second Umayyad caliph Yazid I at
Dirk Schönberger, 30 November 2014
image located by Bill Garrison, 5 January 2020
On 4 Jan 2020 various media reported that a "Red flag of jihad war" had been
raised above the Jamkaran mosque in the Shiite holy city of Qom, Iran. Rather
than being raised as an actual "declaration of war" by Iran against the U.S., It
had been raised in memorium to honor Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani, who had been
killed by an American-drone airstrike early on 3 Jan 2020. The white slogan on
the red flag reads: "Those who want to avenge the blood of Hussein", who was a
Shiite warrior who died as a martyr/shahid in battle in Oct. 680 AD in Karbala,
Iraq. Its raising heralds a declaration that Shiites are ready for war against
the U.S. in retaliation for both the killing of Soleimani, as well as in
opposition to the economically harmful U.S.-led oil embargo against Iran. Red
flags in Shiite tradition symbolize both blood spilled unjustly (such as Hussain
& Soleimani) and serve as a call to avenge a person who is slain while defending
either the Shiite religion or the Shiite-oriented Iranian government. Other
similar "Hussain" commemoration flags are usually less militaristic, in that
that they usually merely read "Ya, Hussain" in a prayerful appeal for Hussain's
spirit to assist troubled Shiites.
source: https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/04/iran-unfurls-red-flag-show-ready-war-us-air-strike-12001520 and/or https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10670210/iran-unfurls-red-flag-ready-for-war/
Bill Garrison, 5 January 2020