A Look At Its History, Mourning, Significance And Rituals

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Muharram 2017: A Look At Its History, Mourning, Significance And Rituals

The Shia neighborhood mourns Imam Hussain Ali’s loss of life by whipping themselves with sharp objects on Muharram.

New Delhi:  Muharram or Yaum-e-Ashura was noticed with solemnity and sombreness within the nation right now. Muharram marks the holy day of Ashura. Imam Hussain Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad was killed on today. He was believed to be the third Imam of the Shia neighborhood. He was killed in the course of the battle of Karbala, now Iraq, by the troopers of the Caliph Yazid in 680 AD. His loss of life is seen as a logo of the battle in opposition to injustice and oppression.Mourning processions, conferences, fasting and feeding the poor mark the 10th day of Muharram, the primary month of Islamic calendar.The Shia neighborhood mourns Imam Hussain Ali’s loss of life by whipping themselves with sharp objects on the day of Muharram. The rituals are geared toward remembering the sacrifices of Imam Hussain and his followers who refused to bow to despotic and tyrannical authority.Amid cries of “Ya Hussain” and recitation of marsiyas (elegies) and noha-khwani (poems expressing sorrow), mourners use knives, blade-encrusted chains and different sharp-edged weapons to flagellate themselves to point out solidarity with the sufferings of the martyrs. Others have been seen weeping and beating their chests in maatam (mourning).

As mourning processions move via streets, folks, irrespective of faith and caste, stand there to pay their respects. 

The Sunni Muslims observe the day by fasting and holding gatherings to recollect the sacrifices of Imam Hussain.The fasting is noticed on two days — ninth and 10th or 10th and 11th Muharram.

(With inputs from companies)

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