Islam inspires humanity to fight terror
As Ashura, the day of Imam Hussain’s martyrdom (10th Muharram or October 12) nears, Shia groups in the city have launched a campaign to present the sacrifice made by Imam Hussain and his family members in Karbala (Iraq) as a fight against terrorism. They have put posters, banners and pamphlets carrying the slogan “Imam Hussain inspires humanity to fight terror.” It is an initiative of city-based Channel Win, an Islamic television channel.
“The massacre at Karbala was an act of terrorism. We want the people to use the commemoration of Imam Hussain’s martyrdom as an inspiration to denounce terrorism and fight injustice,” said Channel Win’s owner Imran Rasool.
He added that hundreds of volunteers have also distributed water bottles among the city’s commuters. While Shias ritually attend matmi majlises (mourning sessions) and plan processions, several Sunni groups hold talks of scholars during the initial 10 days of Muharram. During the 10 days, Sunni clerics at gatherings called zikr shahadat-e-Imam Hussain (talks about martyrdom of Imam Hussain) speak about Islam’s emphasis on peace. “Lectures are devoted on Imam Hussain’s martyrdom. In this connection speakers point at commonalities between today’s terror acts and the terror created by Yazid. Imam Hussain’s martyrdom tells us to be ready to pay a heavy price if we want to establish peace,” said Maulana Rizwan Khan, vice-president, Sunni Dawat-e-Islami.