Thousands of Men, Women and Children marched in solidarity with the oppressed people of the world marking Ashura as world Anti-Terrorism day. The march was organised by the students of Aligarh Muslim University.
By carrying banners and posters the students condemned the acts of terror all over the globe. The participants of the procession also carried placards with messages of Indian National leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru about Imam Husain. Photos of Spiritual leaders of Muslim community, Ayatullah Ali Khamenai and Ayatullah Ali Sistani were also seen in the procession.
Explaining the essence of Muharram, a senior alumnus of the university said, “Ashura revives our heart and soul. Although it is very hot and humid here but you can see small kids walking barefoot all the way to Shah Jamal which is 14 km from the campus. This zeal and enthusiasm is just out of our love for the holy Prophet and his Pure Progeny”.
The Muharram procession at Aligarh is an amazing example of communal harmony in the region. It passes through the Hindu dominated areas and the Hindu community make arrangement of Cold Water, Juice and Refreshments for the mourners all along the way. At some places, even the roads are swept clean by the Members of Hindu community themselves as a way of paying tribute to the Martyrs of Karbala.
Religious flags along with tricolor were waved giving a strong message of Nationalism, love and respect for the nation.
Imam Husain is remembered by Hindus and Muslims alike in India even after 1400 years, said a Police officer on duty.
Maulana Imran Aazmi of Delhi in his speech appealed to the people to unite and live with peace and harmony with each other. He also urged the youth to work for the betterment of society. He said that our nation could only be strengthened if we provide better education to our youth.
Ashura is the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram on which the Grandson of Prophet Muhammad, Imam Husain and his 72 companions were killed mercilessly by the Army of Yazid 1400 years ago. He sacrificed his life fighting for truth, justice and humanity. People all over the world remember this supreme sacrifice by carrying out mourning processions, seminars, conferences and meetings on the day of Ashura.