SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)
Thousands of Muslims on Friday observed ashura by taking out taziya (Mourning) processions, chanting slogans and offering special prayers.
Slogans of “Ya Hussein” rend the air as Shias took part in the ceremonial mourning commemorating the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Imam Hussein with flags and replicas of Hussein’s tomb in their hands. Sunnis offered prayers, observed fasts and distributed alms on the occasion.
Several taziya processions were taken out in the national capital and in its satellite towns. Most of the processions culminated at Karbala in Jor Bagh in south Delhi and Panje-Sharif at Kashmere Gate is North Delhi.
In Mumbai Clad in black, reciting nauha (mournful poetry), and many sobbing, thousands of Shias from across the city assembled at the Zainabia Hall in Bhendi Bazaar in the afternoon. The procession culminated by evening at two old graveyards at Mazgaon—Aramabad and Rahmatabad—of Khojas and Shias respectively.
In cities of UP, Gujrat, Banglore, Chandigarh and other shia populated cities ashura observed with same spirit. In J&K Procession were taken out amid tight security.
In Srinagar, the procession started from Lal Bazaar area of the city and reached Zadibal Imambargah, in his sermon Molvi Imran Reza Ansari President of All Jammu and Kashmir Shia Association emphasis the importance of Karbala teaching in this era officials said.
Authorities had imposed restrictions in six police station areas of the city as a precautionary measure apprehending law and orders problems.
Processions were also taken out at Budgam, Harwan, Panthachowk, Ganderbal and other areas having sizeable Shia population.
In Ladakh mourners braved the cold wave to take part in processions. Hundreds of Muslims, right from the morning, assembled at Masjid Sharif (Leh) / Islamia School (Kargil) from where the procession started and passing through the main markets and culminated at Imam Badha (Leh) / Qatilgah (Kargil).