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This answer to the question What is the purpose of putting a red flag on the dome of Hussain ibn Ali(as)'s shrine? states that if Arabs were at war with each other, during the Haraam months there would be a ceasefire (temporarily). To notify the opponent about it they would raise a red flag on the dome of their commander's marquee, and would resume thereafter.

Is that correct?

If so, how, when and why was this custom adopted?

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Arab before Islam raise red flag on the tomb if the killer of tomb owner not killed yet , and will raise black flag on the days when tomb owner has killed , this what Shia (Shiite) did untill now on alhram months

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    Do you have any reference to back that up? – Bleeding Fingers Jan 6 '14 at 21:20

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