The holy Ashura, the tenth day of Muharram, was observed in Bangladesh as elsewhere across the world on Friday with due religious fervour.
The day was observed as a symbol of ‘sacrifice and mourning’ commemorating the Karbala tragedy in which Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), also grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), embraced martyrdom in the battle of Karbala on the 10th of Muharram in Hijri 61.
In the historic battle, Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) along with his family
members and 72 followers embraced martyrdom at the hands of Yazid’s soldiers in the desert of Karbala to uphold the teachings of the Prophet (SM).
The word Ashura means simply ‘tenth’ in Arabic, and therefore the name of
the remembrance, literally translated, means ‘the tenth day’.
The day was a public holiday.
President M Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued
separate messages on the eve of the holy Ashura, paying deep respects to
Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA) and other martyrs of Karbala.
In his message, the president said the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Imam
Hossain (RA) and his companions in Karbala for upholding the ideals of Islam,
the religion of peace and tranquillity, remained as a glorious event in the
‘Islam is a religion of peace and harmony. Here there is no room for
confrontation, jealousy and envy,’ the president mentioned.
He said the teaching of Ashura would be a part of inspiration of all
people, irrespective of religion and caste, to stay away from all sorts of
unpropitious acts including superstition, fundamentalism and extremism.
The prime minister, in her message, urged all to be imbued with the
teachings of holy Ashura to establish truth and justice in all spheres to
combat all kinds of injustice in the national life.
Different religious organisations, including Islamic Foundation, held various programmes to observe the day.
The Shia Muslims brought out a large procession known as Tazia in the city
from Imam Bara at Husaini Dalan at Bakshibazar in Old Dhaka and it paraded different city streets.
Besides, several processions were brought out from city’s different areas
including Mirpur and Mohammadpur.
In the processions, the Shia Muslims expressed mourning and grief by
flagellating themselves on the back with chains, beating their heads
intending to connect them with Imam Hussain’s (RA) sufferings.
Tight security measures were taken in the city to help observe the holy
Ashura peacefully and avert any untoward incident.
Other programmes of the day included Quran Khwani, Milad Mahfil, fasting
and feeding of the destitute.
In all main cities including Chittagong, Barisal, Khulna, Rajshahi and
Sylhet, the Shia Muslims brought out Tazia processions and paraded main
streets chanting ‘Hai Hussein, Hai Hussein.’
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private television channels and radio stations aired special programmes, while newspapers published special
articles highlighting significance of the day.
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