Dhaka, Bangladesh
Holy Ashura

Editorial

Holy Ashura

The Muslims observe the Ashura as the climax of the remembrance of Muharram and Imam Hussain’s (RA) Battle of Karbala. In fact a battle against injustice, it is of utmost responsibility of all Muslims across the globe to promote peace and harmony. It’s crystal clear that Ashura belongs to all Muslims around the world irrespective of sects. Every Muslim- man and woman- mourns the martyrs of Karbala. Imam Hussain (RA) was the epitome of tolerance, justice and perseverance, and the Battle of Karbala was imposed on him as both the brothers- Hassan and Hussain (RA)- were peace-mongers who sought nonviolence. They rendered sacrifices to protect Holy Islam and its teachings. They stood against injustice, and happily sacrificed their lives for the sake of Allah, the Almighty to serve their people based on Islamic teachings. In this day, it is obligatory on every Muslim to promote unity, solidarity and harmony.  Islam is all about peace, negotiation, showing love and respect to elders (men and women), and have mercy on children. Followers of Islam accepted martyrdom and went through their toughest time, but never attacked civilians or their unarmed enemies no matter Muslim or non-Muslim. During the time of the Prophet Muhammad (SM), local Jews observed a day of fasting at this time of the year—their Day of Atonement. According to Jewish tradition, this marked the day that Moses and his followers were saved from Pharaoh when God parted the waters to create a path across the Red Sea to make escape possible. According to tradition, the Prophet Muhammad (SM) found the tradition to be one worth following. He joined the fast for two days himself and encouraged followers to do so as well. Thus, a tradition began that remains to this day. The fast for Ahsura is not obligatory for all Muslims, but it was simply recommended. Overall, Ashura is a rather quiet observance of the day for Muslims, and for many, it is not marked by outward display or public events at all.  For Muslims, then, Ashura is a day of remembrance marked by reflection, respect, mourning, sorrow and gratitude. They should be inspired with the ideals of sacrifice and spirit of resistance against injustice.

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