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  Updated: January 29, 2007

Kashmiris walk on embers following Hazrat Zainab (AS)

By: Nizam Hussain

KHANDA, Held Kashmir: Two days prior to Muharram, people from different parts of Indian-held Kashmir converged at Khanda, 15 kilometres south of Srinagar, to participate in ‘walking on embers’ following the sunnat of Hazrat Zainab binte Ali (AS) who along with other chaste ladies and children of Holy Prophet (SAWW)’s holy family ran from one burning tent to the other after the forces of Yazid set their camps on fire after martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS).

Bare-feet young boys walked over embers to mark the martyrdom of Imam Hussain Ibn Ali, grandson of Prophet Mohammad (SAWW). The residents of this village began this traditional ritual some 38 years ago.

Organisers select 14 boys out of a group of 50 or 100 who offer Namaaz.

Although, they are in no way trained to walk barefooted on embers, on the occasion of mass congregation prior to Muharram, they perform this ritual with no signs of pain.

"Over the years, spirit of people has increased. People want to see this very closely. In spite of the fact that it is difficult to walk on fire, youngsters with faith in God, walk on it," said Ghulam Hussain, organiser.


 
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