KARACHI/LAHORE: Mourning processions are being taken out and majalid are being held across the country to observe 8th Muharram to pay solemn respect and recall the great sacrifices of Imam Hussain (A.S) and his family in Karbala.
The day of 8th of Muharram is dedicated to Hazrat Abbas (A.S), the son of fourth caliph of Islam Hazrat Ali (A.S).
Hazrat Abbas is revered by Muslims for his role in the Battle of Karbala and loyalty to his half-brother Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.
Amid ban on pillion riding on the motorbike and closure of mobile phone signals in different cities, authorities have taken tight arrangements for the security of processions and majalis.
In Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and other cities, thousands of people are participating in traditional religious gatherings.
The Yaum-e-Ashur (10th Muharram), the day which marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (A.S), will be observed on Sunday.
Imam Hussain (A.S) was martyred in the 680 A.D. battle fought on the plains outside Karbala, a city in modern Iraq that’s home to the Imam’s holy shrine.
In the battle, Imam was decapitated and his body mutilated by Yazid’s armies.
All of Imam Hussain’s male family members, relatives, friends, soldiers who all together formed a 72-member army were beheaded in an unequal war with a 30,000-strong army of the enemy in the desert of Karbala.
The occasion is the source of an enduring moral lesson for Muslims. Imam Hussain’s martyrdom remains an inspirational example of sacrifice to Muslims all over the world.