Dibrugarh: The 10th day of Muharram, known as Ashura, was observed in a befitting manner here on Tuesday. Considered to be a day of mourning, as Imam Hussain (grandson of Prophet Muhammad as well a righteous Muslim leader) lost his life in the famous Battle of Karbala while fighting for the right cause on this day more than 1300 years back, few mourners were seen expressing their grief through self-flagellation while holding out processions known as taziya.
Many others were seen trying to re-enact the battle scenes through sword play and other means symbolic of that historic battle. Many areas of the town, including Panchali, Kalibari, Jahazghat, Loharpatty, Graham Bazar, Niz Kodomoni and Paltan Bazar, took out individual Taziya processions, which finally converged at Graham Bazar Eidgah Maidan. Apart from the processions, a chunk of the Muslim population here spent the day fasting in remembrance of the poignant martyrdom of Imam Hussain while trying to uphold the virtues of fairness and justice. In many residences, verses from the Quran were recited and supplications were made for the general well-being of all.
Muḥarram (Arabic: المحرّم) is the first month of the Islamic calendar. The general meaning of the adjective Muharram means “banned, barred, forbidden, illegal, illicit, impermissible, prohibited, unlawful, unpermitted, unauthorized”.
It is one of the four sacred months of the year during which warfare is forbidden. It is held to be the second holiest month, after Ramaḍān.
The tenth day of Muharram is known as the Day of Ashura. Sometimes, as part of the Mourning of Muharram Shia Muslims practice faka (partial fasting) and Sunni Muslims practice fasting on Ashura.