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  Updated: December 7, 2011

Youm-e-Ashoor observance in Pakistan

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 Tuesday. 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 when the Holy Prophet (SAAW) faced host of difficulties and problems and delivered the religion of Islam after getting it completed the Ahl-e-Arab said we desire to reward you for delivering Islam to us on which the Hazoor (SAAW) told them the Quran commandment that says: “Tell them, I don’t ask for any compensation but adopt love and devotion for my near ones.” When asked who those near ones whose love and devotion has been declared must. He replied that are Fatima (S.A.), Ali (A.S.), Hassan (A.S.) and Hussain (A.S.). There it has been proved that love and devotion with these personalities has been declared as Ajr-e-Risalat because everyone whether profusely rich or the poor can pay that.

Agha Moosavi said the love is that the things that he had left amongst us should be taken care of. He left behind him Quran and Ahl-e-Bait (A.S.) as per Hadees-e-Saqlain and gave guarantee that those who would remain attached with these two would never be misled. He said it was Illahi responsibility of Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S.) to stop those who make changes in the religion, that is why the Imam Aali Muqaam (A.S.) had already said that a person like cannot perform Baia’at of a person like Yazid. Hussain (A.S.) left Madinah on 28th Rajab, changed Ahram-e-Haj to Umrah in Makkah and reached Karbala on 2nd Muharram, was denied water on 7th Muharram. He said the Youm-e-Ashoor is brightened with blood of Shuhada-e-Karbala. He said the official religion of Pakistan in the light of Article 2 of the Constitution. He said all Muslim States cannot term themselves as Islamic States rather they are Muslim States. Islami can only be stated when they are wholly following the religion and Shariat, what Rasool had given to them is Quran, Ahl-e-Bait (A.S.) and Sunnat. He said today the basic reason behind aggression of colonial, Hindus and Zionist forces against all Muslim States is that the Muslim Ummah has set Quran and Ahl-e-Bait (A.S.) aside. He made it clear that they would have to follow the path of Hussain (A.S.) that is the path of Islam so as to get rid of problems and difficulties and in it lay the success and victory. He said Hussain (A.S.) proved through his deeds that it is the righteous that has to emerge supreme ultimately and the evil has to die down, and the righteousness never bargains. He declared in unequivocal terms that Azadari is not against any personality rather an enternal protest against oppression and brutality in every era.

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 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 Syed Aun Kazmi, Secretary General MSO paid tributes to all schools of thought for their practical display of unity and brotherhood during the Ashra-e-Muharram. The resolution strongly condemned the rulers and politicians for continuing political activities trampling the sanctity of Muharram. It strongly condemned some media and cable channels for continuing musical programmes and films during Ashra-e-Muharram. The governments of Pakistan and Bangladesh were also criticized for staging a cricket match on 10th of Muharram, President Zardari as patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board was particularly criticized and asked with which face he would go before the Madar-e-Hussain (S.A.) on the Day of Judgement?

Another resolution criticized a ‘biggest’ newspaper of Pakistan for pushing the country towards riot under a planned conspiracy. It said that the newspaper is publishing a controversial advertisement during Ashra-e-Muharram for the last many years. On 1st of Muharram a advertisement from a banned organization was published thrice resulting in gory incident at Numaish Chorangi in Karachi in which two scouts kissed Shahadat. The resolution said the said newspaper do not publish even a single-line news on the occasion of universal protest on the occasion of Youm Inhidaam Jannatul Baqee and Azadari procession then they publish advertisements of banned groups? It asked the government to take notice of this newspaper’s activities as it was this newspaper that had also accused Pakistan of Mumbai incident.

Another resolution said that the TNFJ has set up Muharram Azadari Cells throughout the country for solution of problems faced by the Azadars and for restoration of peace and the cooperation extended to these Cell by the federal interior ministry is satisfactory but the provincial governments did not cooperation in line with the directives of the federal government. The Government of Punjab, that has not match in keeping close ties with the terrorist groups, did not cooperate keeping to their past practice. We keep the integrity and solidarity of the country supreme and our gentlemanliness should not be considered our weakness while the government is bound to cooperation with Azadaran in the light of 1985 Junejo-Moosavi agreement. It said the history stands witness that during the last term the present Punjab rulers promoted riot and arson as a result of which 26 Imambargahs and mosques were shown light in 1986 under their patronage. The resolution made it clear that according to the saying of their Quaid, we don
The resolution said that all Azadari processions will be taken out with fail and any obstruction, if made, would lead us to knock the doors of courts and even that of International Court of Justice. The resolution strongly condemned restrictions imposed on Iran and Syria and appealed the Muslim States to unite against the American colonialism otherwise it would continue devouring us all, one by one. The resolution strongly condemned the Nato attack on Pakistan and assured the Pakistan’s armed forces of their whole-hearted support in any step taken by them in this regards.

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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