A seminar has been held in Kargil, India to promote Islamic awareness and the message of Ashura – the day Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions were martyred in Karbala, Iraq.
The seminar was held by Imam Khomeini (RA) Memorial Trust.
A number of political and religious figures including Sheikh Mohammad Mohaqqiq, head of the trust’s board, Seyyed Kadhim Sabri, Friday prayers leader in Saliskote village, Sheikh Sadiq Rajayi, head of the memorial trust, Haj Asghar Karbalayi, a former member of Kargil’s local parliament, and Velayat Ali, head of the Baqeriya Medical Center, were present at the program.
The speakers stressed that Muslims should be true followers of Imam Hussein (AS) and speak out against injustice and oppression, noting that the Islamic Revolution in Iran which gained victory under the leadership of Imam Khomeini was an uprising against the tyranny of the time and is considered as an important achievement.
The day of Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram in Lunar Hijri calendar. This day is important for Shia Muslims due to what took place in Karbala on this day in 61/October 13, 680. On that day, Imam Hussein (AS) and his companions were martyred in the battle with Kufa army led by Umar b. Sa’d.
Every year as the month of Muharram arrives, Shia Muslims around the world hold sessions of mourning for Imam Hussein (AS), which usually continue to the 11th or 12th of Muharram and, in some regions, to the end of the month of Safar. The day of Ashura is the peak of the mourning and is an official holiday in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.