Rbd Report : The tenth day of the Arabic month Muharram, most commonly known as the Holy Ashura, is being observed on Wednesday with due religious fervor.
The day is observed by Shia Muslims across the globe commemorating the Karbala tragedy in which Hazrat Imam Hossain (R) embraced martyrdom 1377 years back.
The day is a public holiday in Bangladesh.
Muslims on this fateful day vent remorse for the tragic incident through various programmes.
On this day in the Hijri year of 61, Hazrat Imam (R), grandson of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), along with his family members and 72 followers embraced martyrdom in the hands of soldiers of Yazid at Karbala desert for the supremacy of justice and righteousness.
Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and private TV channels and radio stations will air special programmes, and national dailies publish articles highlighting the significance of the day.
Various religious and socio-political organisations have drawn up programmes to observe the day.
Taking out Tazia processions by Shia community mourners marking the day is one of the main features of Ashura.
In the wake of the attack on Tazia procession in 2015, Dhaka Metropolitan Police have taken a ‘three-tier’ security measures to ensure security during the Tazia processions this time around.
Moreover, police have set time limits for the processions and imposed several other restrictions, including carrying all sorts of metallic objects such as swords, knives, spears and scissors, and any bag in it.
Meanwhile, President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia have issued separate messages on the occasion.
President Abdul Hamid, in his message, said that holy Ashura is a significant as well as a day of mourning for the Muslim Ummah for establishing truth and justice.
“The message of Ashura inspires us to be vocal against injustice and repression as well as encourages us to follow a fair and true path. I hope the great teaching of the holy Ashura will be reflected in our lives,” he said.
Terming Ashura as a very significant day in the history of mankind, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “It’s a very sacred day to world Muslims.”
Sheikh Hasina also urged everyone to reflect the teachings of holy Ashura in establishing truth and justice in the national life by standing against unfairness and injustice.
Meawhile, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in her message, said that the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hossain (R) will remain as an example for all Muslims to follow for establishing truth and justice.