Lucknow Hindus, Muslims observe walking on fire
By: Nizam Hussain
LUCKNOW, India: In memory of Hazrat Zainab (a.s.)
sister of Imam Hussain (a.s.), who ran from one camp to the other to
save Imam Zain-ul-Abideen (a.s.) and Hussaini cildren after Yazidis
set on fire Hussaini camps on Ashura after martyrdom of the grandson
of Prophet Muhammad (s.w.), Imam Hussain (a.s.), thousands of Hindu
and Muslim devotees gathered here in Lucknow for the “walk on fire”
ritual this Sunday ahead of Ashura.
People irrespective of any caste, creed or religion congregated at
Bada Imambara (Mosque) in Lucknow to perform this rite. All emerge
unscathed and ascribe the feat to the greatness of god.
“You can see that from young children to old men walk on fire without
feeling any pain. So, we want to send a message that we are ready to
make any kind of sacrifice for Imam Hussain,” said a Muslim taking
part in the rite.
Guddu, a Hindu devotee, said he has been taking part in this ritual
for many years.
“I never forget to perform the ritual of walking on fire irrespective
of the fact wherever I am. Nor do I feel any pain,” said Guddu, who
walked over fire with his one-year-old child.
The “martyrdom” day of Imam Hussain (a.s.) is marked by prayers,
processions led by Tazia or, replica of the Imam Hussain's tomb at
Karbala in Iraq and zanjeer-zany by mourners.
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