Erdogan Attends Ashura Ceremony in Istanbul, Addresses Mourners

JNN 17 Dec 2010 Ankara :Thousands of Turkish Shia braved freezing temperatures to commemorate the day of Ashura. There was a huge turnout at the Ashura  Muharram in Turkey where marches and mourning consolations were taking place in Ankara and Istanbul, and many other places. Erdogan delivered a speech about the moral meanings of the occasion.

Senior adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ali Akbar Velayati, was among the attendees in the ceremony and addressed the mourners describing the third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein (PBUH), as the symbol of fight against oppression.

Erdogan attended the ceremony this year for the first time since his AK party came to power in 2002.

Erdogan, who is a follower of the Hanafi school of the Sunni branch of Islam, delivered a speech at the ceremony, in which he discussed the importance of unity between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

“We have been feeling the pain of Karbala for 1,370 years. We have to feel that pain in our hearts. We remember (Imam) Hussein (AS) whenever an innocent person is killed,” the Turkish prime minister said as he began his speech.

“This country is ours, these lands are all ours, this history, this civilization is ours. Nobody can claim superiority to any other. We are equal to each other and we are all brothers in these lands. We are all first-class citizens of this country. The problems of all religious groups in my country are mine. That’s why we are struggling to address century-old problems through consensus. Aren’t there those who oppose us? Of course, there are. But we will overcome this with patience,” Erdogan added.

Erdogan’s participation in Ashura ceremony is a sign of Islamic unity

Addressing the Ashura mourners in Istanbul, Velayati described Erdogan’s participation in the ceremony as an extremely significant symbol of Islamic unity.

He also pointed to Turkey’s role in defending Islamic values and foiling plots against Muslim countries.

Ashura symbolizes unity among Muslims, justice, devotion, and the struggle against oppression, Velayati added.

He said that Imam Hussein’s uprising was aimed at reviving Islam and teaching Muslims to rise against bullying powers. Velayati also called on all Muslims to stand for the rights of Palestinians. He said that Muslim countries were obliged to defend the Palestinian nation in the asymmetrical war against Israel.

Velayati noted that the Gaza siege was a clear sign of Israel’s tyranny against Muslims and the people of Gaza, adding that the teachings of Imam Hussein (PBUH) tasked Muslims to extend assistance to the Palestinian nation. He also highlighted Turkey’s status in defending Islamic values and confronting conspiracies against Muslim countries.

Millions commemorate Ashura in Karbala & Najaf


JNN 17 Dec 2010 Karbala : Millions of Muslim pilgrims have gathered in the Iraqi holy city of Karbala to mourn the martyrdom anniversary of the prophet of Islam’s grandson, Imam Hussein (PBUH).

Amid tight security, huge crowds of mourners have reached the holy city of Karbala to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shia Imam.

The event marks the 10th day of the Lunar month of Muharam, which is also the climax of the ten-day Ashura commemorations.

Around 28,000 soldiers and law enforcement agents are on duty in the Iraqi city. Some 7,000 reserves could join the force if deemed necessary.

Iraqi security forces have reportedly rounded up as many as 80 suspected militants, who intended to unleash chaos on the holy city.

Muharram ceremonies in Iraq have been the target of numerous attacks over the past years. The deadliest took place in 2004 when near-simultaneous blasts in Baghdad and Karbala killed more than 170 people.

Mourning ceremonies were also held in different countries around the world on Thursday.

The Day of Ashura is when the third Shia Imam was martyred along with 72 of his companions while fighting for justice during the battle of Karbala in the year 680.

Seen as one of the most important occasions in the Shia Muslim calendar, Ashura is both a day of sorrow and inspiration. Muslim men, women and children take to the streets every year to express their grief.


Ashura processions taken out across Pakistan, Majority ended safely , with a few incidents

JNN 17 Dec 2010 ISLAMABAD: Ashura processions were taken out on Friday across the country with religious fervor and zeal to commemorate the huge sacrifices rendered by Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) and other martyrs of Karbala.

Extensive security arrangements were put in place by the authorities to thwart any untoward incident as the faithful took out Ashura processions.

In addition to the heavy contingent of police and security forces in the sensitive areas, forces have also increased their patrol in those areas.

Hazrat Hussain (A.S), the grandson of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W), and his family sacrificed their lives to save  Islam from Yazeed Bin Mawia , who became the ruler of the Islamic State after getting the throne from his father Mavia Bin Abu Sufian , who himself was an illegitimate ruler of the Islamic state , as he was Molesting the real Islam by regularly passing decrees which were against the basic Principles of Islam.

Processions were organized through out the country, in almost every city to express grief on martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) in the battlefield of Karbala.

As due to Previous years Major Terrorist Attacks on Ashura Juloos in Karachi, Zaireen of Chehlum Juloos of Karachi, Suicide Attack on Youm e Ali Juloos of Lahore , And Suicide Attack on Youm Al Quds Rally in Quetta, the security around the country was on High Alert , and thousands of Security Personnel were deployed , around the country , for the security and safety of the Participants of Ashura Juloos , and Majalis , Except a few incidents of terrorism in some cities  of Pakistan , All over situation around the country remained calm and quite , and All Major processions in major cities on Pakistan ended safely. Rest of the few which faced problems are as follows :

Police kill suicide bomber in Shikarpur

SHIKARPUR: Police foiled the suicide attack over a mourning procession in Ibrahim Jatoi area of Shikarpur.

Four policemen including the SHO have been wounded in the blast.

Asad Sarfarz, SP Investigation, told SAMAA that the suicide bomber tried to enter the majlis but the security officials compelled him to run. “The suicide bomber tried to flee but he was injured in the firing. The blast took place when some police officials reached near the bag thrown by the bomber.”
More than 1000 people were attending the Muharram majlis.

Mortar attack By Wahabi’s  kills six in Hangu

HANGU: A mortar attack killed at least six people, including women and children, in northwest Pakistan on Friday as Shia Muslims marked Ashura.

The attack also wounded eight others, police said.

Mortars slammed into two houses in Hangu, a town that has been a flashpoint for Terrorism and clashes between Pakistan’s Shia and Wahabi communities.

They were fired from the neighbouring district of Orakzai ,a strong hold of Wahabi Taliban, part of Pakistan’s semi-autonomous tribal areas with Afghanistan.

“Mortars were fired from Orakzai and hit two houses in Hangu which were in the way of the Ashura Procession , but luckily at the time of Blast the Procession have passed from that point . Six people were killed and eight injured,” Gul Jamal, a local police official, told AFP.

Fazal Naeem, a police spokesman, confirmed the attack and the toll.

“There were two children and a women (among the dead). The dead include both Shias and Sunnis,” he told AFP.