16 Nov 2013
Ashura-e-Imam Hussain [AS] Commemorated Countrywide With Reverence
Ashura-e-Muharram 1435 AH was commemorated yesterday 15th November countrywide with religious fervour and great reverence by the devotees of Ahlul Bayt [AS] belonging to different religions ,faiths and sections of the society .
Insaan ko Baidaar to Ho Lainay Do!
Har Qaum Pukaray gi hamaray hain Hussain!
Congregations [majalis-e-azaa] are held each year by Shia and Sunni muslims particularly in which people belonging to different sections of society having adherence to different sets of religious beliefs participate and pay homage to supreme sacrifice of Imam-e-Aali Maqam Imam Hussain [AS]. Likewise this year massive participation of devotees of Ahlul Bayt was witnessed in religious assemblies and mourning gatherings and congregations .
On tenth Moharram central processions of azadari were taken out right across the length and breadth of Pakistan in which scores of millions of justice loving people participated and showed their respects to the supreme sacrifice of Imam-e-Aali Maqam Imam Hussain [AS] and his companions some thirteen centuries ago in 61 AH .
Nearly forty generations have passed ever since the tragedy of Karbala took place but the sublime message of Imam-e-Aali Maqaam continues to resonate worldwide with the same grandeur .
In Karachi the Markazi julus was taken out from nishter park which culminated at Hussainian Iranian Kharadar after passing through designated points like nomayesh chowrangi ,MA Jinnah Road ,Saddar ,Tibet Centre, Radio Pakistan and Boulton Market . Massive participation of devotees of Ahlul Bayt [AS] was witnessed.
Imamia Students Organization [Namaz Committee] arranged namaz-e-zuhrain on this occassion and the prayers were led by eminent scholar Hujat ul Islam wal Muslimeen Allama Hasan Zafar Naqvi.
It may not be out of place to mention that Sunni muslim brethren as well as members of non-muslim communities Christians and Hindus etc not just participate in the procession with fervour but they have also sacrificed their lives in azadari congregations alongside Shia muslims on numerous occassion.
Bohri Shia muslim community and many Sunni brethren arranged Sabeel and niaz on this occassion for the mourners of Imam-e-Mazloom Imam Hussain [AS] . Scouts groups belonging to them also were present for serving the mourners on this occassion . It will not be out of place to remember Shaheed Sunni Scouts brother Farooq Kabeer and other Shohada-e-Ashura 2009 who embraced martyrdom alongside shia brethren among others .
Strong arrangements had been made for security in the wake of perceived threats of terrorism and cellular services were disrupted till the time of reaching of julus to final destiny at Kharadar . Painstakingly everyone together worked hard to cause the azadari procession to conclude well .
Shaheed Foundation Pakistan arranged Shohada picture exhibition on this occassion while a candle light vigil was held at yadgaar-e-shohada at light house to pay tribute to the martyrs of the tragedy of Ashura December 2009.
Similarly five day Shohada Picture Exhibition was held in Faisalabad and was managed well by the local working brothers.
In other parts of Pakistan the situation remained peaceful by and large as ashura processions and ten day mourning congregations concluded well .
In Punjab however , systematic instigation was done in several cities and deep rooted conspiracy was hatched to sow dis-cord along sectarian lines. It started off from Rawalpindi and its facts have been almost completely revealed ,thanks to the age of digital revolution .
Eye witness accounts of participants doing rounds on various social networking communities alongside other irrefutable evidence cited by Sunni Ittehad Council , prove beyond any doubt our first impression that the takfiri forces had pre-planned the hatespeech,violence and arson.
Quickly the sectarian tensions and frenzy was stirred up in areas as Chishtian ,Bahawalnagar,Haroonabad,Multan and other areas of Punjab too in a systematic .
Alhamdulillaah the vigilance,discipline and steadfastness of Shia and Sunni muslim azadaran have almost completely foiled the conspiracy although it will take some time for durable normalcy to return . Strong vigilance and disciplined behaviour is the key to entire situation .
It is specially requested to all scholars and masses to promote Shia and Sunni muslim unity for the benefit of our beloved country. Unity means we are all sane , this country is ours' which we must protect unitedly .
As for Shia muslims ,we must tell ourselves ,we are neither weak nor helpless ,not at all , for Imam Hussain [AS] is our guardian , over-seer and protector .But at the same time we must remember we have the greatest duty /responsibility towards Imam Hussain [AS] vis-a-vis his teachings .
Our actions and words must measure upto the expectations of Imam-e-Mazloom Imam Hussain [AS] in the highest sense .
Neither we compromise with oppressors nor do we oppress.
It is heartening to learn about examples of Sunni muslims and Shia muslims saving each other and their families from the onslaught of wahhabi takfiri militants in different parts of punjab ,taking a united stand against the najis ideology of wahhabiism foiling its efforts to cause mis-chief and public dis-order.
Amir al-mu'minin, peace be upon him, said: During civil disturbance be like an adolescent camel who has neither a back strong enough for riding nor udders for milking.