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  Updated: August 24, 2006

Departure of Imam Hussain (AS) venerably observed

By: Raza Ali

BERLIN, Germany: To mark the departure of Caravan of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SW)’s grandson Chief of Martyrs Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) from the holy city of Medina (Saudi Arabia) to the holy city of Karbala (Iraq), Majalis-e-aza and processions were held in various countries on the eve and day of Rajab 28.

Millions of mourners in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Pakistan, India, Bahrain, the US, Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, Egypt, Turkey, Kuwait, Qatar, Jordan, Azerbaijan, UAE, Tanzania and other countries extended their deep condolences to the holy Prophet (SW) performing azadari rituals – mourning sittings, processions, shedding tears, chest beating and reciting elegies - at holy shrines, mosques, hussainiyaat, Imambargahs and Aza Khanas.

Addressing these gatherings, speakers and scholars said: “Yazid was crushing the dignity of humanity through his black deeds and giving his evil activities the name of Islam and Shariah, and the grandson of holy Prophet (SW) unveiled the Yazidi conspiracies by getting his head chopped off during prostration and by giving the sacrifice of his offspring and companions kept the flag of Toheed (Monotheism) fluttering high forever.”

History tells that Imam Hussain (AS) visited the holy graves of his grandfather the Prophet (SW), his mother Hazrat Fatimah Zahra (AS) and his brother Imam Hassan (AS) to say them goodbye with tear-flowing-eyes and -heart before leaving Medina - city of his grandfather (SW) - on Rajab 28 along with his sons, brothers, sons of brothers and his chaste womenfolk.

Imam (AS) departed Medina, his native city, reciting that verse of Holy Qur’an, which relates the story of Prophet Moses (AS) as he fled from Pharaoh’s Egypt: “Then he left it out of fear while he kept on the lookout. He said my Lord save me from the unjust people.” - (XXVIII, 21)

Son of Ali (AS) and Batul (AS), Imam Hussain (AS), came out to defend the religion of his grandfather (SW).

He stated his objectives in these words: “My ‘Qayam’ is not for rebellion, war, oppression or brutality but I have come out to correct the things, order piousness and follow the seerat of my grandfather prophet (SW) and father Ali (AS)”.

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