Ashura being observed with reverence across country today

Turkey commemorates martyrdom of Imam Al-Hussein

Turkey commemorates martyrdom of Imam Al-Hussein

Dressed in black, Muslims hold mourning rituals to remember Imam Hussein (PBUH), who was martyred along with his 72 companions in the Battle of Karbala, in southern Iraq, in 680 AD after fighting courageously for justice against thousands of soldiers of the Umayyad caliph, Yazid I.

Ashura is the culmination of 10-day mourning ceremonies that are observed in Muharram.

About 14 centuries ago, on the day of Ashura, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, Imam Hussain and his little son, were killed by in the Battle of Karbala.

Mobile service remained suspended in the provincial capital for security purposes. Ulema and zakireen highlighted the bright and candid teachings of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and various aspects of the Karbala tragedy. Pillion riding has also been banned in Quetta.

Many Shias observe this day by participating in processions and self-flagellation.

Turkey commemorates martyrdom of Imam Al-Hussein

In Peshawar, the main Alam and Zuljinah procession of Ashura will be taken out from Imambargah Agha Syed Ali shah Qissa Khawani Bazaar on Tuesday. Governor also prayed for peace, harmony and normalcy in J&K and Ladakh. Walkthrough gates were installed for screening of participants, and surveillance of processions was carried out through video-recording and CCTV cameras installed especially for this objective.

The main procession of 9th Muharram was taken out from Imambargah Imamia Sajjadia Mohallah Motian and ended at Imambargah Qadeemia Mohalla Chowki police.

Similar processions of Tazia and Zuljinah were also taken out in Hangu, Parachinar, Kohat, Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan.

The procession after passing through its traditional routes terminated at its starting point in the evening peacefully.

In Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan all the roads leading to Imambargahs will be guarded through special deployment and strict security has been ensured for the processions. He said no compromise or sluggishness would be tolerated over such arrangements as it was prime responsibility of the government to ensure protection to the lives and property of the citizens.