Devotees, carrying <i>tazias</i>, black flags and traditional arms, seen beating their chests in a ceremonial mourning on Friday

Guwahati: Along with the rest of the country, Shia Muslims in different parts of Assam took out processions on the solemn occasion of Muharram on Friday. Devotees, carrying tazias, black flags and traditional arms, were seen beating their chests in a ceremonial mourning across the state.

In Guwahati, Shia Muslims took out procession in large numbers. Tazia processions were taken out to mark the occasion. Majaalis or religious meetings, highlighting the supreme sacrifice of Karbala martyrs, were conducted.

In Hailakandi, tens of thousands of Muslims observed Muharram with religious fervour and solemnity.

The district Muharram committee observed the day at the District Sports Association (DSA) playground in Hailakandi town with hoisting of the flag by additional deputy commissioner, Amalendu Roy; additional superintendent of police, Jagadish Das; president and secretary of the committee, Lalu Miah and Sirajuddin Barbhuiya respectively.

Speaking on the occasion, ADC Roy asked the Muslim community to observe Muharram peacefully and with due solemnity.

Addressing the congregation, additional SP Jagadish Das urged the Muslim community to respect the sacrifice of Imam Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, and pray in abundance as well as refrain from any celebrations and festivities as Muharram is observed as period of mourning. The mourning period starts on the first day of Muharram and lasts for 10 days till the day of death of Imam Hussein in the great battle of Karbala.

Noted advocate Nurul Alam spoke on Muharram and its historical and religious significance. Alam said that Imam Hussein’s message of kindness, justice and equality lives on among people who love and respect him and therein lies his real victory.

Shia Muslims observed Muharram across Hailakandi district on Friday.

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