Youm-i-Ashur being observed amid beefed-up security
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security across the country has been put on a high alert as members of the Shiite sect commemorate Yaum-i-Ashur across the country today (Wednesday) in remembrance of the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hussain, grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).
Imam Hussain Ibn Ali was martyred along with 72 companions by the tyrannical forces of Yazid in the Iraqi city of Karbala during the Karbala Battle in 680 CE. Hussain laid down his life to uphold the supremacy of Islam.
In Afghanistan, the day is marked every year with recitation from the Quran in mosques, gatherings and processions by Shiite mourners on well-guarded routes to pay tribute to the sacrifice of the prophet’s grandson.
On the 7th, 9th and 10th day of the first Islamic calendar month, Shiites beat themselves with chains, but some scholars of the sect say the practice called self-flagellation is un-Islamic. The Shias also set up roadside stalls offering people milk and tea.
Meanwhile, a security blanket has been thrown over Kabul to ensure the day is marked in a peaceful way. Security has been beefed up around mosques and places where Muharram gatherings are to take place, officials say.
Despite strict security measures, at least14 Shiite mourners were killed and another 36 wounded in an attack on the Cart-i-Sakhi shrine in the 3rd police d istrict, the Interior Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday.
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