Srinagar- Tens of thousands of people on Thursday participated in majalis and took out processions to mark the Arbaeen (Chehlum) of martyrs of Karbala.
Arbaeen, is an Arabic word which translates to the “forty” day mourning period after Ashura (10th Muharram) when Imam Hussain (A.S) grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was martyred after having refused to pledge allegiance to the corrupt and tyrannical ruler, Yazid.
From early morning, devotees converged at various Imambargahs across Kashmir Valley, including Srinagar, to attend Arbaeen majalis.
The largest gathering, reports said, was carried out in central Kashmir’s Budgam Township wherein a large number of mourners commemorated the sacrifices of the noble family of holy Prophet (Pbuh).
A huge mourning procession on the occasion was taken out from Astaan Sharief (shrine) in Budgam, which after passing through the traditional route, later culminated at central Imam Bargah.
Similar processions were also reported in Bemina, Chattabal, Zadibal and Hassanabad areas in Srinagar, while mourning processions were also carried out in Shilwat in Baramulla and Udina area of Bandipora district in north Kashmir.
While paying glowing tributes to the martyrs of Karbala, people were seen reciting traditional Kashmiri Nohas. Additionally, there were blood donation camps and food distribution stalls set up in several areas on the occasion.
On the occasion of Arbaeen, Itehadul Muslimeen President Maulana Masroor Abbas Ansari delivered a sermon at Sajjadabad Chattabal in Srinagar. Large number of people visited Astana-Babul Hawaij, where the rare manuscript of the holy Quran written by Imam Musa Kazim during his imprisonment is preserved.
Later a Zuljinah procession was taken out from the Bemina crossing which culminated at Auqaf grounds.
At Bemina a large procession was taken out following a grand majlis on the occasion. Agha Syed Hadi Moosavi, president of Anjuman Sharie Shiayan delivered a sermon at the Imambargah Agha Syed Yusuf.
At Zadibal, Srinagar, a large number of mourners from Srinagar and adjacent areas attended the Majlis. Later, a procession was taken out from Mohalla Syed Afzal to Imambargah Zadibal.
A large gathering was held at Zaildar Mohalla, Saida Kadal, where a procession was taken out that passed through different areas before culminating at Imam Bargah Hassanabad.
Reports of Arbaeen Majalis and processions have also been received from other parts of the Valley.
At Budgam’s central Imam Bargah, President Anjuman-e-Sharie-Shian Aga Syed Hassan Mosavi Al Safavi addressed the mourners. He said that the unparalleled battle of truth and falsehood that took place on the land of Karbala in the year 61 AH will live on forever and the world of humanity will have a spirit of perseverance against injustice.
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