Ashura observed today in Dhaka

Ashura, a Muslim festival observed with a great manner in Bangladesh today. Ashura has a great significance on any society. It is a day of showing sacrifice for the shake of saving human being. Ashura is now not only a religious festival. It has become like a cultural festival.

The Muslims in Bangladesh as elsewhere in the world observed the holy Ashura today marking the 10th day of Muharram with due religious solemnity and in a befitting manner.

The day is observed in the Muslim World as a symbol of “sacrifice and mourning” recalling the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain Ibn Ali (RA), a grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), in the battle of Karbala on the 10th of Muharram 1329 years ago.

In the historic battle, Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) along with his 72 followers were martyred by the soldiers of Yazid at Karbala in Hijri 61 while fighting for establishing truth in the society.

The word Ashura means simply “tenth” in Arabic, and therefore the name of the remembrance, literally translated, means “the tenth day”.

President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages on the occasion called upon all to resist injustices in our national life and establish truth and justice reflecting the great teachings of Holy Ashura.

“The significance and message of Holy Ashura inspire us to raise voice against injustice and oppression and also to follow the path of truth and justice,” they said.

Different religious organizations, including Islamic Foundation, chalked out various programmes to observe the day, a public holiday in Bangladesh.

Shi’a Muslims brought out the largest procession known as Tazia in the city from Imam Bara at Hosenee Dalan of Old Dhaka. Besides, several processions were brought out from the city’s different areas including Mirpur, Mohammadpur and Purana Paltan.

In the processions, the Shi’a 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.

DHAKA, Dec 17 (BSS)

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