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  Updated: January 7, 2009

New Zealand Shi`ahs take out an Ashura Procession

By: Fatima Zahra Charitable Association

AUCKLAND, New Zealand: Fatima Zahra Charitable Association (Hey`ate Fatemiyah) marked the martyrdom of the Master of the Martyrs, Imam Husayn (as), by taking a procession into the open for the second 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 event was attended by Haj Sheikh Hamed
Soltanian, from Fatima Zahra Charitable Association and Maulana Syed Abul-Qasim Rizvi from the Al Murtaza Association.

The programme included beating of the chest (seenezani) and for the first time in New Zealand Zanjeer Zani (flogging with chains). It was concluded with the reading of Ziyarat of Ashura.

Congregational prayers of the noon of Ashura were conducted at the Fatima Zahra Charitable Association, led by Haj Sheikh Hamed Soltanian.

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