During this month prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Hussain was martyred during the battle of Karbala by the army of yazid. Imam Hussain preferred martyrdom to surrendering to a tyrant.
Banners and hoardings have been placed all across the region revealing the strength of the Islam. Muharram as one of the four sacred months of Islam, is a month of remembrance.It has great significance because of its historical background. It carries a message of awakening for the entire humanity for the times to come.
In Kashmir Muharram has all together different rituals. For the first ten days people gather in public for mourning ceremonies and sermons which helps the entire community specially the younger generation to know more about the great sacrifice of humanity.
During this period specially shie Muslims in Kashmir prefer to wear black clothes as a mark of mourning. They also distribute foods among the poor.
The biggest mourning ceremonies are held on the tenth day of the month Ashura. For the whole night, people gather at mosques and revive the whole episode of the battle of Karbala. Religious experts say in this way they take forward the mission of Islam and Imam Hussein that “good always wins over evil”
The first month of Islamic calendar brings the great message of “equality” for the humanity, thus experts say MUHARRAM should not be restricted to mourning The followers must think deeply on the message of MUHARRAM.
Islamabad: Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that more terror activities are expected in the upcoming days across Pakistan.
Talking to media persons in Islamabad, Malik pointed out third party involvement in the violent activities in Karachi and other cities during Muharram.
The minister instructed the authorities to park the motorcycles half kilometer away from Imam bargah and added that cars must be parked a kilometer away from the religious gathering points.
Malik also ruled out sectarian divide in the country saying, “there is no sectarianism in Pakistan everyone is a Muslim.”
Shi’ite Muslims at the al-Khoei Islamic Center in Queens prepare to flagellate themselves during a procession marking the festival of Ashura.
Ashura is a 10-day event marking the death of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson and revered saint, Iman Hussein, in Iraq 1,300 years ago.
Although condemned by many Muslims, the practice of self-flagellation among the Shi’ite during the Ashura is meant to express the pain Muslims felt on the day of Iman’s death.
The practice of self-flagellation is commonly done with long chains tipped with sharp blades, which are used on a person’s back….
… but some will also strike themselves in the head.
Although self-flagellation is a painful and bloody act, Shi’ites believe it to be a statement against violence.
The event, which takes place around the world, is painful both physically and emotionally to those who take part in it.