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  Updated: December 18, 2010

Aashoor in Pakistan; Moosavi says Islam got new lease of life after Karbala

By: Salman Alvi

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: The Youm-e-Ashoor in memory of Nawasa-e-Rasool Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S.) and his 72 diehard companions was observed with traditional religious spirit, devotion and respect throughout the country including Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Monday. The day began with Aamal-e-Ashoora in mosques. The Quaid-i-Millat Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi led the Aamal at Ali Masjid Satellite Town.

In Rawalpindi, main Youm-e-Ashoor procession was taken out from Imambargah Ashiq Hussain Teli Mohallah, Imambargah Col. Maqbool Hussain and Imambargah Hifazat Ali Shah Bohar Bazar. Mourners of Imam Hussain (A.S.) performed Zanjeer-Zani to express their devotion to the Imam Aali Muqaam (A.S.). Zuljinah, Alam Mubarik, Taazia, Mehndi Shahzada Qasim (A.S.), Gehwara Masoom Ali Asghar (A.S.), Taboot Imam Aali Muqaam (A.S.) and other Taburrakaat were included in the Ashoora procession.

The Quaid-i-Millat Jafariya, Pakistan, Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi participated in the procession, offered Ziarat of the taburrakaat and performed Matamdari. Talking to media and Azadars on this occasion, Agha Moosavi said that Nawasa-e-Rasool Hazrat Imam Hussain Ibne Ali (A.S.) gave a new lease of life to the humanity and the religion of Islam with his blood. He said administrative issues are coming to fore owing to mutual bickering between the Federation and Provinces as a result of which the morales of terrorists and ill-wishers of the country and the nation are increasing. He told the media representatives that the government and the opposition are in contact with terrorists; they desire terrorism to exist that is why Federal Interior Minister and Punjab’s Law Ministers hold press conferences along with terrorists. Such hypocrisy could not end terrorism, he added.

He said we have no personal friendship or enmity with anyone; one who is the friend of Pakistan, Islam and people, is our friend and one who keeps enmity with them is our enemy. Answering a question, he said motherland was created by Sunni and Shia schools of thought jointly and these two wings of Islam would also defend it that is possible only when all schools of thought are given their due rights. He said after Quaid-i-Azam, Pakistan landed into the hands of such powers that damaged it. The one who took over the rule through unlawful means gave the gifts of terrorism and heroin culture that has nothing to do with Islam, therefore they should be seen in that context only.

Agha Moosavi said that Tehreek Nafaz Fiqh-e-Jafariya is the only representative body of the Maktab-e-Tashih having all agreements with the government. He said we are making arrangements for mourning processions ourselves and Mukhtar Force has been designated for the security of these processions. However, he said, the Federal Interior Ministry has set up Muharram Control Rooms in Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir on our demand and notified the same accordingly but Punjab province did not lend any ear despite many reminders. They neither cooperated nor they issued any notification. When we tried to talk to Emergency Control Centres announced by the Punjab government in Jhelum and Gujrat, a policeman sitting there alone picked up the phone saying he has no authority to do anything.

Answering another question, the TNFJ chief said Hussain ibne Ali (A.S.) saved the sanctity of Ka’aba by removing Ahram-e-Haj and turning Haj into Umrah. When Abdullah ibne Zubair asked the Imam Aali Muqaam (A.S.) not to set out for Iraq, Imam Hussain (A.S.) told him that his journey from Ka’aba to Bait Allah is aimed at saving the sanctity and dignity of Bait Allah and “Zubair, you should do the same when you undergo such a situation and save the sanctity of Ka’aba.” But he could not do so and history stands witness what then happened in Ka’aba afterwards.

The Quaid-i-Millat Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi said the rulers always used Islam but Farzand-e-Rasool Hussain (A.S.) did not do so rather he remained a shield for Ka’aba against the enemies of Allah and Rasool (SAAW) and Islam got a new lease of life after Karbala. Answering another question, he said inviting the Chinese Prime Minister on Youm-e-Ashoora is painful. He reminded the questioner that Founder of Pakistan Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had refused to meet Lord Mounbatten in Ayyam-e-Shahadat and had given priority to Islami Sha’air.

A large number of mourners engaged themselves in heavy Zanjeer-Zani and Matam-e-Qamah at Bohar Bazar Chowk, Trunk Bazar, and Habib Bank Chowk. The procession turned into a big rally after reaching Fawwara Chowk where addressing the participants, Central Secretary Information of Tehreek Nafaz Fiqh-e-Jafariya, Pakistan, Syed Qamar Haider Zaidi said the invaluable sacrifice of Imam Aali Muqaam (A.S.) was for survival of religion of Islam and humanity. He lauded the Federal and Provincial governments for setting up Muharram Control Rooms on the call of TNFJ and the best arrangements made by the Administration of Rawalpindi and Islamabad for Muharram. He said Azadari is not limited to any particular fiqh or group rather it is the combined inheritance of all schools of thought. Thousands of Matamdars reiterated their resolve to offer all types of sacrifice on the call of Quaid-i-Millat Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi for promotion of Wilayat-e-Ali and promotion and protection of Azadari.

A resolution presented by Aun Kazmi, Secretary General MSO strongly condemned the coverage of festive reception to Chinese Prime Minister on the media of first ideological State that came into being in the name of Islam. The resolution said the colourful reception programmes laid for Chinese Prime Minister on the day of Ashoor forced every Sunni-Shia Muslim to shed tears of blood. This step was contrary to Pakistan’s ideological Asaas, and the path of Quaid-i-Azam and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto as well as the source of annoyance for Rasool (SAAW) and Bint-e-Rasool (S.A.). The resolutions condemned those political parties that continued their political activities during Ashra-e-Muharram.

The resolution said that Azadari is the most effective protest against blasphemy, therefore those who were lodging protest against blasphemy after being separated from power should join Azadari programmes if they are sincere in the devotion of Rasool-e-Khuda (SAAW). Strongly condemning the attacks on mourning processions in Peshawar and Hangu, the resolution made it clear that terrorism could not be reduced merely by summoning peace committees and creating hurdles on roads rather the shelters of terrorists would have to wiped out to wipe out terrorism. The resolution demanded from the Chief Justice to take suo moto notice of the continued incidents of terrorism and get the nation rid of this menace.

Condemning the restrictions imposed on Ulema and Zakireen contrary to human rights, the resolution said that the government machinery did not even spare the dead in this connection. The resolution also condemned load-shedding during the Ashra-e-Muharram despite government claims contrary to the same. The resolution demanded of the government to direct the Administration throughout the country to follow the Code of Azadari issued by the Quaid-i-Millat Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi, in letter and spirit as it guarantees restoration of peace throughout the country and solidarity of the motherland. The resolution reiterated resolve to support any call given by the Quaid-i-Millat Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi for the promotion of his mission for Wila and Aza.

Later, after performing Zanjeer-Zani at Fawwara Chowk, the participants of the main Ashoora procession reached Raja Bazar and Purana Qila where Zuljinah processions taken out from Imambargah Kashmirian Tyre Bazar and Darbar Shah Chan Chiragh also merged into the main procession. The main Chehlum procession terminated at Imambargah Qadeem after passing through Jamia Masjid Road and Imambara Chowk. Mukhtar Students Organisation District Rawalpindi had set up Azadari Camp at Fawwara Chowk while Ibrahim Scouts had set up Medical Camps at Habib Bank Chowk, Raja Bazar and Jamia Masjid Road to facilitate the Matmis. Office-bearers of Divisional and District Muharram Committees of the Tehreek Nafaz Fiqh-e-Jafariya and MFP jawans remained along with the procession throughout.


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