Images of the Shia Muslim Ashura Procession from Numaish and ending at Kharadar Hussainian Iranian in Karachi, Pakistan. 17/12/2010
Images of the Ashura Procession from Numaish and ending at Kharadar Hussainian Irnian in Karachi. The procession was provided full security by the police and personnel of law enforcement agencies. The procession of 10th Muharram-ul-Haram culminated at Kharadar's Hussainian Iranian on Friday evening.
The Day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram. It is commemorated by Shia Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Imam Hussain A.S, the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (October 2, 680 CE).
This day is well-known because of mourning for the martyrdom of Imam Hussain A.S , the grandson of Prophet Muhammad P.B,U.H and the third Shia Imam, along with members of his family and close friends at the Battle of Karbala in the year 61 AH (680 CE). Yazid was in power then and wanted the Bay'ah (allegiance) of Imam Hussain A.S. Many Muslims believe Yazid was openly going against the teachings of Islam in public and changing the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H.
Imam Hussain A.S in his path toward Kufa encountered the army of Ubayd-Allah ibn Ziyad, the governor of Kufa. On October 10, 680 (Muharram 10, 61 AH), he and his small group of companions and family members, who were between 72 and 100 men fought with a large army of perhaps more than 100,000 men under the command of Umar ibn Sa'ad, son of the founder of Kufa. Husayn and all of his men were killed. Before he died, he said "if the religion of Mohammad was not going to live on except with me dead, let the swords tear me to pieces. Some of the bodies of the dead, including that of Imam Hussain A.S, were then mutilated.
Commemoration for Imam Hussain A.S began after the Battle of Karbala. After the massacre, the Umayyad army looted Imam Hussain A.S camp and set off with his women and children for the court of Ibn Ziyad. A moving oration delivered by Hazrat Zaynab A.S in Kufa is recorded in some sources. The prisoners were next sent to the court of Yazid, Umayyad caliph, in Damascus, where one of his Syrian followers asked for Imam Hussain A.S daughter Hazrat Fatimah Kubra, and once again it was Hazrat Zaynab A.S who came to the rescue and protected her honour. The family remained in Yazid's prison for a time. The first assembly (majlis) of Commemoration Imam Hussain A.S is said to have been held by Hazrat Zaynab A.S in prison.
In some Shia countries and regions such as Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Bahrain, the commemoration Imam Hussain A.S has become a national holiday and most ethnic and religious communities participate in it. Even in predominantly Hindu country like India.