AUCKLAND, New Zealand: Fatima Zahra Charitable Association (Hey`ate
Fatemiyah) marked the martyrdom of the Master of the Martyrs, Imam
Husayn (AS), by taking Ashura procession into the open for the first
time in New Zealand history.
The event took place in Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand.
Shias from different ethnic backgrounds and associations (Husaynias)
joined Fatima Zahra Charitable Association in a show of solidarity for
mourning the martyrs of Karbala.
The programme included beating of the chest (seenezani), reading of
ziyaarate Ashura and finally congregational prayer of the noon of
Ashura led by Haj Shaykh Hamed Soltanian. The programme continued
until night time (Shaame Ghareeban).
Fatima Zahra Charitable Association began its programmes from 9th
January 2008, the night before the first of Muharram 1429, with
sermons delivered by Shaykh Hassan Sibaee and Noha recitation by
Morteza Norouzi and Behrooz Koohi.