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  Updated: February 8, 2006

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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