NEWS RELEASE IMN Commemorate Ashura in more than 60 towns and cities peacefully, demand for Sheikh Zakzaky’s release

The annual Ashura mourning processions held yesterday 01/10/17 in more than 60 towns and cities across Nigeria by the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under the leadership of the illegally detained Sheikh Zakzaky ended peacefully with renewed call for his release amidst allegation by some security agencies that it will cause chaos in the country. The Ashura procession was first started in Kaduna metropolis very early in the morning along Kaduna Western bypass and by 8:00am, it has ended peacefully.

Ashura Procession in Kano, Sunday 1/10/2017

Members of Islamic movement in Nigeria under the leadership of his Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H) has today Sunday 10th Muharram 1439 (1/10/2017) joined humanity in marking ASHURA DAY with procession in different towns and cities across the country some of which include Zaria, Sokoto, Kaduna, Potiskum, Katsina, Gombe, Jos, Talatan Mafara, Bauchi, Nguru, Azare, Funtua, Kazaure etc. 

 

Ashura Morning Procession held today in Bauchi 1st October 2017

like other states of the federation in Nigeria, Bauchi state were not left behind to mark the mourning of Ashura today. The event was took place today at Bauchi metropolitan around 10am to 12noon. Malam Ahmad Yusuf Yashi described the event of Karbala in few words and urged the general public to radhere the tragedy of Karbala and put it at the back of their mind. He call upon the attention of the IMN members to cling to the situation we are in this country and take look at what is happening to IMN members within the country like Sokoto, Kaduna, Zaria etc.

WHY WE MOURN ASHURA

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.

Continued Crackdown on Shia minority (IMN) during Ashura and Arbaeen  by the Nigerian Authorities: Call for restraint

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.

PRESS STATEMENT *THE SOKOTO STATE BAN ON SHIITE PROCESSIONS IS DISCRIMINATORY*

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.”

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