Millions of Iranians mark Shiite Ashura Day

Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Karbala to commemorate Ashura in Najaf

Local actors dressed as ancient warriors re-enact a scene from the 7th century battle of Karbala to commemorate Ashura in Najaf

Moreover, President Arif Alvi in a message to the nation on Youm-e-Ashura said, "Martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) is a lesson for everyone to never refrain from fighting against terrorism, extremism and intolerant ideology and emphasized on promoting affinity and brotherhood".

He said, "10th Muharram-ul-Haram reminds us of the great sacrifices made by Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), the grandson of Holy Prophet (PBUH), for upholding the sanctity of Islam".

Shia Muslims, followers of Imam Hussain, across the world mourn his death on this day which is called Ashura.

Hurriyat chairman strongly condemned the use of "brute force" against the Ashoora procession at Abiguzar, Srinagar to Zadibal, by the police authorities and incarceration of Aga Syed Ahmad Almosvi of Anjum Shari-e-Shian, Nisar Hussian Rather chairman Tehreek-e-Wahdati Islami, Imtiyaz Haider, Ali Mohammad Rather, Shabir Hussain Dar and more than two hundred other mourners while they were injured with cane charge by the police authorities. They mark Muharram by flagellating themselves with sharp objects, a practice which has discouraged by many Shia clerics. Hussain was decapitated and his head was taken to Damascus, the seat of the Ummayad dynasty to which Yazid belonged.

Husayn ibn Ali is said to have died at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH. This painful observance is an expression of their grief on the death of their leader Hussain, also considered to be the representative of Allah.

This year, Ashura begins in the evening of Thursday, September 20, and ends in the evening of Friday, September 21. 10th Muharram also marks the day when Prophet Musa (Moses, who is believed to be an ancestor of Prophet Muhammad) was saved from the Pharaoh of Egypt by God. Shia Muslims mourn the battle of Karbala while Sunni Muslims observe a fast as a mark of gratitude to Prophet Muhammad.

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