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Muharram observed with solemnity

MUHARRAM WAS observed with traditional solemnity in the capital on Thursday. The mourners inflicted injuries on self to express their grief on the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad?s grandson Imam Husain and his companions at the tragic battle of Karbala.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 14:16 IST

MUHARRAM WAS observed with traditional solemnity in the capital on Thursday. The mourners inflicted injuries on self to express their grief on the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Husain and his companions at the tragic battle of Karbala.

Hundreds of ‘tazias’, ‘alams’ and ‘sawaris’ were part of the procession that was taken out in the capital on Yaum-e-Ashurah, the tenth of Islamic month of Muharram. The groups of mourners came from various localities and culminated into a massive procession at Peer Gate. By late night the ‘tazias’ were still reaching Karbala.

Thousands of youths and children lashed themselves and even inflicted injuries on self with knives. Reciting the ‘nauhas’, men and women marched barefoot to Karbala.

The ‘majlis’ were organised at Peer Gate, Imami Gate, Bus Stand and Old Saifia College where the tragic events at Karbala in the seventh century were recounted. The ‘sabeels’ offering sherbet were put up at various places on the route of the procession. The ‘maatami juloos’ reached the local Karbala in the evening.

Meanwhile, the All India Muslim Tehwar Committee (AIMTC) Chairman Ausaf Shahmiri Khurram said that thousands of mourners were especially dressed in black on the occasion of Muharram to protest the objectionable caricatures published in the Danish and other European newspapers.

The ‘tazias’ from all over the capital kept on reaching the Karbala through out the day. The number of all tazias including the big and small tazias that were taken out during the day reached around 400. The AIMTC has thanked the administration for its arrangements during the entire procession.

First Published: Feb 10, 2006 14:16 IST