The holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hossain Ibn Ali (RA), a grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), is being observed with due religious solemnity across the country today.
Today is the 10th day of the month of Muharram in Hijri calendar. Muslims across the world remember the sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA) along with his family members and 72 devotees, who sacrificed their lives in 680 AD for the establishment of truth and justice in the fight against Yazid and his soldiers on Karbala Maidan in Iraq.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President Md Abdul Hamid on Monday issued separate messages on the eve of the holy Ashura, paying deep homage to Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA) and other martyrs of Karbala.
The President in his message said, the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA), his family members and his companions in Karbala for upholding the ideals of Islam will always remain as a glorious event in the history.
He said the tragic sacrifice of Karbala inspires us to raise voice against any injustice and oppression."Islam is a religion of peace and harmony. There is no room for confrontation, jealousy, and envy in it," President Hamid added.
The President hoped that the wound of Ashura will always inspire all the people of the world to build a society free from superstition, fundamentalism, and militancy and enlighten the society with the light of truth and beauty.
The Prime Minister, in her message, urged all to be imbued with the teachings of holy Ashura to establish truth and justice in all spheres of life to fight all kinds of injustice in the national life.
She said the sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA) and his followers to establish truth and justice in society is a glaring example for the Muslims across the world.
Different religious, political, and socio-cultural organizations have chalked out a variety of programs to observe the day in a befitting manner.
The programs include procession, Quran-Khwani, Milad Mahfil, fasting, special prayer, and feeding of the destitute.Like every year, Tajia processions will be brought out from Husaini Dalan in Old Dhaka and other areas in the capital.
In observance of the day, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has taken a stringent security measure across the old city's Hossaini Dalan area to ensure peaceful observance of the holy Ashura.
Imambara Hussaini Dalan area has been brought under foolproof security with installing closed circuit camera televisions (CCTVs), archways, and none will be allowed to join the procession without search.
Objects that will not be allowed in the tajia processions are bags, sharp objects such as knife, sword and blade, explosives, tea flax, pressure cooker, and flag staff taller than 12 feet while firecrackers will remain banned during the public holiday.
Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private TV channels will telecast special programs while newspapers and online news portals will publish supplements upholding the significance of holy Ashura.
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