SRINAGAR — Amid restrictions in the city centre Lal Chowk, Ashura, which commemorates the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), was observed across Kashmir valley on Tuesday with religious gaiety and mourning.

Remembering the supreme sacrifice of the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), mourning processions were taken out across Kashmir valley throughout the day wherein glowing tributes were paid to Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions who laid down their lives during the battle of Karbala against evil, falsehood and oppression.

Clad in black attire, carrying black banners, mourners paid respect to Imam (AS) and his companions while taking out huge mourning processions at several places. The district’s largest Ashura procession with Zuljanah, Alam and Tazia was held on its traditional route from Aalipora Bota Kadal, to the historic Imambargah of Zadibal.

Over 10,000 Shia Muslim mourners, including a large number of women, participated in the procession while reciting Marsthiya Majalis (an elegy to remember Karbala) and Noha (an elegy depicting Hussain’s martyrdom).

While addressing the gathering at Aalipora, Agha Syed Alsafvi Al Mousavi said that the tragic battle of Karbala teaches sacrifice and perseverance for advancing the cause of truth. Thousands of devotees attended the congregation to remember the sacrifices of Imam Hussain (AS) and his pious companions on the battlefield of Karbala.

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Mousavi added that the event of Karbala immortalized the fact that ultimately truth prevails and falsehood perishes. Senior religious and political leaders of the community were also part of the processions at different places which later passed off peacefully.

Tight security arrangements were put into place in Srinagar by the authorities to thwart any untoward incident.

The Alam and Zuljanah processions were also carried out in other parts of the city and the Valley. Thousands of people in the districts of Budgam, Bandipora, Baramulla, Ganderbal and Panner Jagir Tral attended the Ashura processions and paid rich tributes to Karbala martyrs. The processions were also held in Shahoo, Sachen, Vangaam of Devsar Tehsil in Kulgam district.

A similar procession was held in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, where Shia Muslims were seen mourning and performing the ritual of self-flagellation.

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In the deserts of Karbala, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), Imam Hussain (AS), laid down his life along with 72 other aides, who included his family, children and acquaintances, on the 10th of Muharram. The day is commemorated as Youm-e-Ashura.

The martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS), which teaches the lessons of righteousness over evil, is remembered by Muslims across the world every year during the month of Muharram. The battle of Karbala has set an example of the supreme sacrifice in the history of mankind which depicts the victory of virtuousness over evil.

Meanwhile, govt departments, volunteers and self-help groups had pitched tents to feed the mourners along the path of the procession and to ensure that roads were not blocked. Several ambulances were also kept ready in case of emergency and there were free medical check-ups and blood donation camps along the way.

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