13 Oct 2016
10th Muharram :Ashura-e-Moharram Commemorated Worldwide With Religious Fervour
Followers and Lovers of Ahlul Bayt[AS] as well as the free-thinking conscientious people of the world commemorated the martyrdom anniversary of Imam-e-Aali Maqaam Imam Hussain [AS] and his companions on 10th Moharram in different parts of the world with religious fervour ,enthusiasm and traditional reverence . This year's Ashura was commemorated on the same day across the globe. Another interesting thing was the fact that according to gregorian calendar 61AH 's ashura also fell on these same days of october in 680AD according to research by one historian.
Mourning processions were carried out on this occassion and azadari congregations were organized to pay homage to the supreme sacrifice offered by Imam Hussain [AS] and Khanwada-e-Nubuwwat wa Imamat.
Kashmiri momineen commemorated Ashura with full vigour despite excessive attrocities of Indian forces which have begin to come down harder on the innocent kashmiri muslims in recent days especially in the after math of the martyrdom of Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Wani. Several processions were cracked down upon while Srinagar's procession of Ashura was baton charged injuring several momineen. However still,since Ashura procession is banned for several years in the Indian occupied Kashmir ,who consider it a threat to their illegal occupation as it provides a rallying point for kashmiri muslims to raise the voice for their right to self determination,Azadari could not be held on the scale it should have been.
Momineen of Bahrain commemorated the event in a steadfast manner . Reports indicate Bahraini regime forces attacked Shia mourners commemorating the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) .
Yemeni muslims continued with their steadfastness braving an imposed war which has saw attacks/bombardment almost on daily basis over the last one and a half year. Recently ,two tragic incidents of bombardment on a funeral procession and Azadari procession resulted in hundreds of Yemeni momineen embracing martyrdom prompting their revered leader Sheikh Abdol Malek al Houthi to issue edict/directive for all out response for avenging the blood of martyrs.
Nigerian muslims who had offered a tremendous sacrifice earlier last year in Al-Qods procession when several protesting momineen were attacked and resulted in martyrdom of renowned scholar Agha ZakZaki's two sons , set another example of bravery .
In Lebanon ,during azadari ceremonies held this Ashara-e-Muharram ,Sayyid-ul-Moqawama Sayyid Hasan Nasrallah made a strong message to the world community especially muslims to foster greater unity and isolate the takfiri terrorists . He especially highlighted the fact that the recent mazlumiat of Yemeni muslims deserves that this year's Ashura be dedicated to Yemeni muslims as he lambasted the puppet regime for bombarding a funeral procession in the war torn Yemen. In one speech he also criticized quite openly on illogical practices which are being continuously injected to bring dis repute to Azadari .
He also questioned that the practitioners of such traditions were nowhere to be seen on when the defence of the sanctities of muslim world so required .
Mourning processions and congregations were held in different parts of Iran as well where renowned scholars and maraje'een adorned the occassion and emphasised on different aspects of the supreme sacrifice offered by Imam-e-Aali Maqam Imam Hussain [AS] .
Shia muslims in the Holy lands of Hijaz who had been protesting the despotic measures of the regime , made emphatic presence in the Ashura processions despite reports of attacks on azadaran by the security forces.
Likewise Azadari processions and congregations were also held in other parts of the world including europe ,australia and america.
In Pakistan , continuous wave of terrorism ,could not in any manner curtail the turn out of the azadari congregations and mourning processions.
Keeping in view the increased level of threat ,stringent security measures had been taken on the occassion .
Azadari processions were carried out in all the four provinces of Pakistan ,the federal capital Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan as well as federally administered tribal areas .
In Karachi the Markazi procession was taken out from nishter park and namaz-e-zohrain was offered at Tibet Centre . Namaz-e-Zohrain was organized by Imamia Students Organisation Pakistan,Karachi Division. For mourners Sabeel and Tabarukat were organized by different momineen . The juloos started after the culmination of Majlis in the morning at nishter park.
Ziyarat of Taziya ,Alam,Zuljanah were part of the procession as it traversed its way through britto road ,nomayesh chowrangi,regal chowk,tibet centre,Jamia Cloth ,Radio Pakistan,Boulton Market to its final destination at Hussainian Iranian Kharadar. Noha Khawans offered pursa to the household of Prophet Muhammad [PBUH] in the form of elegies and verses.
Shaheed Foundation Pakistan also displayed Shohada pictures on the occassion including the picture of recent youngest ever martyr for Azadari in Pakistan 9 month infant Shaheedah Ghamsherah Batool .
Special homage was paid to the martyrs of Ashura blast [28th December 2009] by momineen.The incident in 2009 had left more than 40 mourners of Imam-e-Mazloom martyred when a powerful bomb ripped through the procession during the culmination hours.