Ashura commemorated in Occupied Kashmir defying strict restriction Imposed by Indian Govt.

Ashura Procession in Indian Occupied KashmirJNN 21 Nov 2013 Srinagar : Even as the government authorities imposed stringent restrictions in Kashmir’s capital city Srinagar to prevent Shia Muslims from commemorating Ashura, The Brave Shia Men ignoring every restriction took to the streets and the mourning processions were held across Indian-Controlled Kashmir, the only Muslim Majority state in India.

The processions saw thousands of people, cutting across sects, marching together in unison and paying tribute to the martyrs of Karbala.

The mourners poured into the streets, reciting soul-stirring elegies and hymns and beating their chest in a spirit of devotion.

Ashura marks the 10th day of the month of Muharram in the Islamic calendar when Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), was martyred in the desert plains of Karbala in Iraq along with his family and companions 14 centuries ago.

Like in other parts of the world, Muslims in Kashmir commemorate the sacrifice each year with tremendous religious fervor.

Ashura is also a symbol of Islamic unity and tolerance in Kashmir. Muslims, cutting across sects and ideologies, take part in the commemoration ceremonies.

Meanwhile dozens of mourners were arrested in Srinagar as authorities prevented Shia Muslims from holding Ashura procession, which has been banned by authorities since 1989.

The mourners who have gathered to pay tribute to the martyrs of Karbala bear testimony that the movement started by Imam Hussain 14 centuries ago continues to inspire the campaigners of truth and justice the worldwide.

Defying all the restriction the Brave Shia Muslims took to the streets and Participated in Ashura processions which were taken out across the State on Friday, marking the 10th of Muharram, in which thousands of people participated while as the government continued with the ban on processions in Lal Chowk

Amid tight security arrangements, processions were taken out in Alamgari Bazaar, Balhama, Baarji Harwan, Kral Mohalla Harwan, Gulshanbagh Lal Bazar, Solina in Srinagar.

In north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, processions were taken out in Hanjiveera Pattan, Mirgund and several other areas.

In south Kashmir, similar processions were taken out at Wakharwan Awantipora and Panner area of Tral.

In central Kashmir’s Budgam district, Ashura processions were taken out in Gazi Manzil Imambada Yousufabad, Magam, Askinderpora Beerwah and Sonpah Beerwah.

Agha Mujtaba Hassan tried to take out an Ashura procession at Lal Chowk Srinagar in which Hurriyat leader GN Nagoo, religious scholars, clerics and hundreds of mourners participated. As the mourners tried to proceed, police used unprovoked force including tear gas shells and cane-charge to disperse them. Shia-Sunni Coordination Committee sternly condemned the use of force by police on the mourners.

Police later arrested Aga Mujtaba with several other mourners. Anjumane Sharie Shian spokesman Madhosh Balhami condemned the ban on some processions of Ashura for the past 23 years. He added that the ban is unbearable and undemocratic which could not stop the people from paying tribute to the martyrs of Karbala and to perform their religious duties.

GN Zaki and Ghulam Hassan Majrooh led a big Ashura procession at Hygam Sopore. While addressing the gathering, the leaders paid rich tributes to Karbala martyrs and also denounced the house arrest of APHC chairman by the State administration.

Maulana Abbas Ansari lambasted authorities for clamping on major processions marking the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain (AS) and his children.

Addressing a series of mourning ceremonies on Ashura, Maulana Ansari stressed on Muslims to keep the banner of Imam Hussain aloft by participating in ceremonies marking the occasion.
Earlier, thousands of people took part in Ashura processions taken out under the banner of Ittehadul Muslimeen in Gund Khwaja Qasim, Hanjiveera and Mirgund in Baramulla, Sarai-Dangerpora in Sumbal and Devsar in Kulgam district.

Maulana Abbas later addressed Majlis-e-Sham-i-Ghariban at Astana Aalya Nabdipora in Zadibal.

In Kargil, Ashura was observed under the banner of Anjuman-e-Jamiyat Ullama (Islamia School Kargil). The mourning processions were carried from nearby 26 villages of Kargil town amid sub-zero temperature. The processions passed through Main Bazar, Lal Chowk, Khomeni Chowk, Islamia School Chowk, Islamia School and concluded at Qatilgaha-e-Hussaini (Inqillab Manzil). Thousands of mourners participated in these processions.

Mukhtar Ahmad Waza addressed an Ashura procession at Sofipora Pahalgam in which hundreds of people participated and remembered the sacrifices of Karbala.

In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders have said that the best way to pay tributes to the martyrs of Karbala including Imam Hussain (s.a) is to fight against oppression.

The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, addressing a gathering in Hyderpora area of Srinagar said, Imam Hussain (RA) is the hero of whole Muslim Ummah. “Imam Hussain (s.a) stood against tyranny, oppression and despotism and didn’t bow his head before the evil forces,” he said.

The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, addressing a gathering at Zadibal in Srinagar said that Imam Hussain (RA) and Hussainiat demanded people to side with oppressed and not the oppressors. “Struggle in Jammu and Kashmir is also a struggle by oppressed against the tyrants of the time,” he stated.

APHC leaders, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and Muhammad Yousuf Naqash in their statements while paying tributes to Karbala martyrs, said that Imam Hussain (RA) by launching jihad against monarchial rule of Yazid set an example that must be followed by all in letter and spirit.

A statement issued by APHC spokesman said that various Hurriyet leaders participated in the Ashura processions addressed the gatherings at various places across occupied territory. Senior APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, took out the biggest Ashura procession from the Imambargah Badgam and Hurriyet leaders including Zafar Akbar Butt and Javed Ahmad Mir accompanied him.


Ashura in Kazakhistan

On the occasion of Ashura, Shia Muslims of Kazakhstan and Iranians residing in this country attended a mourning ceremony held by Iran Cultural Center in Astana.

According to IQNA’s branch in Central Asia, the Iranian center hosted the program from the fourth night of Muharram Month for seven nights.

Addressing the program, Hojat-ol-Islam Mostafavi, talked about the features of Husseini movement, Ashura incident and the teachings of Imam Hussein’s (AS) uprising.

Besides Kazakh Muslims and Iranians residing in the capital city and the staff of Iranian institutes in Kazakhstan, a number of Afghan students also participated at the ceremony and performed mourning rituals on martyrdom of Imam Hussein A(S).

The participants also attended congregational prayers at noon and a mourning program on Shaam-e Ghariban (the night following the day of Ashura).

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