From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

In the folklore of Shia Islam, Shemr is a villainous figure, from the tribe of Banu Kalb[citation needed] who was the brother Umm ul-Banin, who is usually associated with the death of the prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein ibn Ali at the Battle of Karbala.[1][2]

Shemr is depicted in the passion plays during the Shia festival of Ashura.[3]

Shemr was the son of Zeljoshan and was from the Khavarej tribe,[citation needed][clarification needed] he was keen on fighting with Imam Hassan against Muawiya although he was against Imam Ali. He later on got selected for Muawiya's Army after Imam Hassan abdicated his government, he fought in the battle of Kerbala and was the person who killed Imam Hussein's son Ali Asghar.[citation needed]

He was killed by Mukhtar ibn Sakafi as vengeance for Imam Hussein.[citation needed]

Use in propaganda[edit]

In January 2013, a huge propaganda poster was erected in Tehran, the capital city of Iran, depicting Shemr standing next to U.S. President Barack Obama.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Daniel Politi (20 January 2013). "Why is President Obama Depicted on a Huge Billboard in Tehran?". Slate magazine. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Iran's Obama billboard: what it really means". The Guardian. 20 January 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Burke, Edmund. Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East. University of California Press. p. 243. ISBN 978-0-520-24661-4.  edit