KARACHI: Rallies and mourning processions are being taken out across the country today (Wednesday) to recall the great sacrifices of Imam Hussain (R.A) and his family in Karbala, media reported.
The day of 8th of Muharram is dedicated to Hazrat Abbas (R.A), the son of fourth caliph of Islam Hazrat Ali (R.A).
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 (PBUH).
Amid tight security arrangements thought the country, majalis and processions are being held today in Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and other towns in which hundreds of people are participating.
With army deployment in sensitive parts of the country, thousands of personnel of police, Rangers and Frontier Constabulary (FC) have been deployed for the security of religious processions.
In Karachi, army troops have taken their positions in sensitive areas as over 26,000 police and Rangers personnel have been deployed across the city.
Authorities have sealed all shops and blocked with containers all link-roads along the main M.A. Jinnah Road to ensure the security of 8th Muharram processions.
The provincial governments of Sindh and Balochistan are likely to suspend mobile phone services in various cities, including Quetta, Karachi, Larkana, Hyderabad and Sukkur, on the Yaum-e-Ashur (10th Muharram), the day marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (R.A).
Imam Hussain (R.A) 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.