The tenth of Muharram of every year is the day of Ashura, the tenth day in new Islamic calendar. The day of Ashura is historically significant due to the unprecedented tragedy that befell the pure Household of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) in the plain of Karbala 61 AH. On that fateful day, Husain, Grandson of the Holy Prophet, son of Imam Ali (AS) and Sayyidah Fatimah (AS) was mercilessly slain alongside his family members and a handful of his companions in cold blood by the army of despotic Yazid, son of Mu’awiyyah.
ASHURA day, 10th Muharram of each Hijri calendar is marked around the globe to mourn the brutal killing of Imam Husain, the grandson of the Prophet. This is done through rallies, lectures, processions etc. Muslims particularly the members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN commonly tagged as Shiites observe this ritual routinely every year. Last year, the procession was conducted on Wednesday 12th October 2016 across the nation. These peaceful processions, however, were attacked in Funtua, Jos Kaduna and Kano.
The Islamic Movement is highly dismayed when news emanated that Sokoto state Commissioner of justice has announced the ban on Shiite processions in the state on 27/09/17. The ban was hinged on the premise that “there are ongoing activities of Shiite members in the state, that could cause public disorder,” as the Commissioner said. He then went on to say that, “under the Public Order Act, permission for any procession has to be sought through the security agencies.”
Below are some of the pictures taken during the farewell ceremony of Shaheed Muhsin Hujaji in Isfahan, the event took place today, Wednesday 27th September, 2017 at Imam Khumain square in the evening. The pure body of martyr Hujaji will be in Najaf-Abad tomorrow Thursday 28th September 2017 for burial.
According to him, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky described the slogan, "Ya Hussein" as a short form of "Labbaika Ya Hussein". He added that, "Labbaika ya Hussein is a response to Imam Hussein's call when he proclaimed in the plane of Karbala, "Hal min Nasirin Yan Suruna!? " This call follows after the extermination of lives of the entire Imam Hussein's companions along side his household.
One can clearly notice in Imam Hussein's lifestyle all the methods that could have been used by a descendant of the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) to preserve the great legacy of Islam which has been passed down by the Holy Prophet (s.w.a.) and his father as well as their genuine followers. We can clearly see everything in the lifestyle of the Lord of the Martyrs (a.s.) - everything ranging from clarification, to forewarning, to promotion of Islam, to provoking the conscience of prominent figures of his time during a sermon in Mina.
Last Friday marked the beginning of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, in which adherents of Shia Islam all over the World mark as a mourning period in remembrance of the brutal killing of Imam Hussein (AS), the Grandson of Prophet Muhammad (S), by the evil forces of tyrannical Yazeed on the plains of Karbala. To Shia Islam, mourning the death of Imam Hussein (AS) is a sacred religious duty.
These are some of pictures of Ashura Mourning in Jos, which took place at Rikkos. This year's mourning session will be taking place in different areas within the Jos metropolis.
It can be recalled that the Islamic Center in Jos popularly known as Markaz was demolished by hoodlums in consortium with Nigerian security operatives while embarking on Ashura procession.
Photos by Mahdi Garba