Zoya Mukri

MUHARRAM : the month of sacrifice. Muharram is the first and one of the holy months of Islamic calendar . The Muharram festival is actually a period of mourning where Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain , the son of Hazrat Ali and grandson of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) , on the 10th day of Muharram (Ashura)In the battle of Karbala ( city in present day Iraq ) which was a battle of right versus wrong. Around 14 centuries ago on the day of Ashura , Imam Hussain was brutally killed by the tyrant ruler of those times for standing for justice and equality. Imam Hussain faced the oppressors numbering in thousands with his humble army of 72 which included childrens too , inspite of knowing the outcome of the battle. Although Imam Hussain was killed in the battle of Karbala , his message lives on , hence pronouncing his victory. He fought against the forces of evil and laid his life to uphold the glory of Islam. Muslims fast on this day and take out processions in the towns and villages remembering their Imam. They setup sabeels and feed poor in honor of the memory of Imam Hussain and his followers. Hussain said ” those who are silent when others are oppressed are guilty of oppression themselves”. If people follow this thinking , it would solve most of the problems being faced by our society today.

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