Muharram observed in Assam

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Muharram is being observed in Assam and various parts of the country on Wednesday.

 

Tazia processions are being taken out to mark the occasion. Majaalis or religious meetings highlighting the supreme sacrifice of Karbala Martyrs are also being held.

 

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. Its 10th day — known as ‘Yaum-e-Aashura’ — has been a day of immense blessings from time immemorial.

 

Muslims fast on the 9th, 10th and 11th day of Muharram, as it is considered the best fast to observe after Ramadan, the month of fasting. It is believed that fasting on Muharram atones for the sins of the coming year. Muharram is all about the sacrifice of Imam Husayn.

 

Imam Husayn was killed by the army of the Caliph Yazid in 680 AD at the Battle of Karbala in Iraq. Soon after his death, Islam got divided into two major sections – the Sunnis and the Shias. Muharram is majorly observed by the Shia community who portray their grief and suffering of Imam Husayn in an age old ritual called tatbir.

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