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  Updated: February 18, 2009

Arbaeen resolutions flay terrorism in Iraq, Pak, Gaza; slam media role; demand holiday on Chehlum

By: Salman Alvi

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan: The Chehlum of Nawasa-e-Rasool Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S.) and his 72 companions who presented great and matchless sacrifice for survival of religion and Shariat and to give eternal lease of life to high values of humanity was observed with religious and national spirit, devotion and respect throughout the country Monday.

Majalis Arbaeen-e-Hussaini were held and Zuljinah, Alam and Tazia processions were taken out in all big or small cities and towns on this occasion.

In Rawalpindi, main Chehlum procession was taken out from Imambargah Col. Maqbool Hussain and Imambargah Hifazat Ali Shah Bohar Bazar. Zuljinah procession taken out from Imambargah Ashiq Hussain Teli Mohallah merged into the main procession. Mourners of Imam Hussain (A.S.) performed Zanjeer-Zani and presented ‘Pursa’ of the Imam Aali Muqam (A.S.) to the Holy Prophet (SAW) on this occasion.

The Quaid-i-Millat Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi participated in the procession, offered Ziarat of the taburrakaat and performed Matamdari.

Talking to media representatives on this occasion, Moosavi said that Hussain Ibne Ali (A.S.) presented exemplary sacrifice in Karbala for the supremacy of religion, Shariat and humanity as a result of which oppressed nations have launched independence movements today.

He said Pakistan came into being in the name of Islam the official religion of which, according to Article 2 of the Constitution, is Islam and according to Article 227 only that explanation of Quran and Sunnah will be acceptable that would be recognized by recognized schools of thought.

Answering a question about enforcement of Shariah, he said that complete restoration of 1973 Constitution guarantees restoration of enforcement of Islam. For enforcement of Shariat, first, one would have to enforce Shariat on himself.

He said Hazrat Zainab (S.A.) and Hazrat Zainul Abideen (A.S.) shattered the world of oppressors through their addresses. He said Chehlum of Syed-us-Shuhada preaches us the lesson of confronting any oppression and brutality following in the footsteps of Shuhada-e-Karbala. He said if we are really fond of Shariat then we have to create relationship with those who presented sacrifices in Karbala. Answering another question, he said solution of Palestine and Kashmir issues in line with the United Nations Resolutions and exit of allied forces from Iraq and Afghanistan is necessary.

Expressing his views on the incidents of terrorism going on in the country, he said the present situation is the work of our combined enemy. He termed the step taken by the Federal Government and some provincial governments in creating Muharram Control Rooms and linking them with the Markazi Muharram Committee Azadari Cell of Tehreek Nafaz-e-Fiqh-e-Jafariya while he lamented the Punjab and Sarhad governments of not setting up such Muharram Control Rooms.

The participants of the procession carried out Zanjeer-Zani and Qama-Zani in Trunk Bazar, Habib Bank Chowk and turned into a big rally after reaching Fawwara Chowk where addressing the participants, Central Secretary Information of Tehreek Nafaz Fiqh-e-Jafariya Syed Qamar Haider Zaidi said Arbaeen-e-Hussaini is the memory of Aseeran-e-Karbala’s commitment and courage who shattered the Yazidi courts through their visionary and heart-rending addresses despite being chained so as to highlight the objective of Hussainiyyat.

He said inheritor of the Hussain’s (A.S.) blood Imam Zainul Abideen (A.S.) and Sharikatul Hussain Hazrat Syeda Zainab (S.A.) through their khutbaat shattered the Yazidi courts and unveiled the fake Islamic faces of Yazid. Ch. Mushtaq Hussain addressed the gathering on the topic of philosophy of Shahadat.

A resolution presented by the Secretary of Markazi Muharram Committee Azadari Cell, Abbas Jafri said that Muharramul Haram is not the name of Ashoora only rather this mourning continues till 8th Rabiul Awwal. This time Ashoora-e-Muharram passed peacefully because the powers that be had taken good steps. However, Ashoora procession could not be taken out in Hangu, therefore the Sarhad government is under the obligation to help bring out the procession there because hurdle in way of Azadari is tantamount to violation of religious independence, freedom of expression and encroachment of basic rights that is negation of the Constitution.

The resolution said that after Ashra-e-Muharram different incidents of terrorism took place in Sarhad province in which many innocent people kissed Shahadat. The resolution termed the Tank, Dera Ismail Khan, Peshawar, Kohat, Hangu and Parachinar incidents the work of our combined and perpetual enemy.

Condemning the Drone attacks, the resolution demanded immediate stoppage of these attacks.

Another resolution strongly condemned the incidents of Mianwali Police Check Post and blast at a Matmi procession in Dera Ghazi Khan. It demanded from the government to ensure effective implementation of Anti-Terrorism Act so as to control terrorism. The resolution said that no relaxation should be extended to anyone because as per a saying of Quaid-i-Millat-i-Jafairya Agha Moosavi a terrorist keeps no Maslak or a country, he is only a terrorist and should be seen and tackled in this backdrop only.

The resolution said that mutual understanding should be exercised in those areas where government’s writ lacks. The resolution lamented that Punjab and Sarhad governments did not set up Muharram Control Rooms and called upon the government to look into the matter to unveil those powers that created hurdle in this connection.

Yet another resolution called upon the people to remain alert and recognize their friends and foes while the government should take notice of the activities of the banned groups with new names and avoid presenting them as heroes on public fora and media. The resolution expressed solidarity with the freedom fighters and strongly condemned the ongoing terrorism in Iraq, suicide attacks on caravans of Zaireen going to participate in Chehlum of Shuhada-e-Karbala to Karbala-e-Moalla, Israeli aggression in Gaza and all other incidents of terrorism going on the world over.

The resolution lamented the national media for ignoring the Chehlum of Syed-ush-Shuhada and called upon the electronic and print media to review their attitude and give coverage to the Maktab-e-Tashayyo on the basis of equality. The resolution demanded ban on instigating film “Fitna” produced by a Dutch Member of the Parliament.

Another resolution welcomed the announcement of a public holiday on the occasion of Chehlum of Shuhada-e-Karbala and demanded from the Federal and other provincial governments to follow the suit because if public holiday can be declared on Melas (fairs), sports, Urs and on death anniversaries of near and dear ones then why not on the occasion of Chehlum of Nawasa-e-Rasool (A.S.) as Majalis are held and Matmi processions are taken out on Chehlum of Syed-ush-Shuhada on the pattern of Ashoora.

The resolution while condemning firing and shelling by police on the Arbaeen procession in Patidan in Sindh province and demanded from the Sindh government to find the black sheep in their ranks. The resolution presenting pursa and condolences in Bargah-e-Risalat on the occasion of Arbaeen-e-Hussaini resolved that no harm will be allowed to cause to the motherland Pakistan and all schools of thought would thwart the conspiracies of the enemies of the religion and the motherland through unity and brotherhood. The resolution said the same unity and mutual understanding would be displayed till 8th Rabiul Awwal in line with the Code of Azadari announced by Quaid-i-Millat Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi and on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi.

Later, participants of the main Chehlum procession performed historic Zanjeer-Zani in Raja Bazar. Zuljinah processions taken out from Imambargah Kashmirian Tyre Bazar and Darbar Shah Chan Chiragh also merged into the main procession at Purana Qila. The main Chehlum procession terminated at Imambargah Qadeem after passing through Jamia Masjid Road and Imambara Chowk. The participants of Zuljinah processions taken out from Imambargah Yadgar-e-Hussain Satellite Town and Imambargah Baltistania Angatpura performed Zanjeer-Zani at Banni Chowk. Both these processions terminated after reaching Imambargah Qadeem.

Mukhtar Students Organisation installed Markazi Azadari Camp at Fawwara Chowk during the main Chehlum procession where arrangements for Sabeel-e-Hussaini were especially made. Volunteers of Ibrahim Scouts, Mukhtar Force, Civil Defence, office-bearers of District Azadari Committee of the TNFJ led by Convener Alhaj Ghulam Murtaza Chauhan, officials of the District Administration and a heavy contingent of police remained with the procession throughout. Bawa Syed Riaz Hussain Shah, Sajjada Nashin of Darbar Shah Chan Chiragh, led the collective ‘Dua’ and read out Ziarat at the conclusion of the main Chehlum procession.

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