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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Historic Moment: Kashmiri Shia Muslims Hold Muharram Procession After 33-Year Ban Lifted

In a historic moment, the Shia community in Indian Occupied Kashmir rejoiced as they held an Ashura procession after a ban of more than three decades was lifted.

After a long wait of 33 years, the Kashmiri Shia community experienced a historic moment as they held a Muharram procession in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). The ban on the procession by the government was lifted, allowing mourners to commemorate the solemn occasion with reverence and unity.

A Landmark Decision

The decision to lift the ban on the Muharram procession came as a significant step towards religious freedom and cultural expression in the region of IOK. The authorities’ approval was met with enthusiasm and gratitude from the Kashmiri Shia community.

Joyful Resumption of Tradition

With a sense of jubilation and devotion, thousands of Shia Muslims participated in the Muharram procession, marking the resumption of a deeply cherished tradition that had been suppressed for over three decades.

Support from Shia Parties

Major Shia political parties in Kashmir hailed the lifting of the ban, emphasizing the importance of upholding religious rights and the freedom to observe religious rituals without hindrance.

Unity and Solidarity

The procession served as a powerful symbol of unity and solidarity within the Kashmiri Shia community. Despite past challenges and restrictions, the faithful gathered to pay homage to the sacrifices made by Shuhada of Karbala tragedy.

Muharram’s Historical Significance

Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, holds immense significance for Muslims worldwide. It is a time of mourning to remember the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD.

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Harmony Amidst Challenges

The resumption of the Muharram procession in Srinagar showcased the strength of communal harmony and the determination of the Kashmiri Shia community to uphold their religious traditions despite adversities.

A Welcoming Environment

The peaceful conduct of the Muharram procession was made possible through the cooperative efforts of the community and local authorities, ensuring a secure environment for all participants.