Muharram 10: Processions finish, blast leaves 5 dead

Published: November 25, 2012
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Shia Muslims touch the Tazia during a procession in Larkana. PHOTO: APP

Shia Muslims touch the Tazia during a procession in Larkana. PHOTO: APP

Shia Muslims touch the Tazia during a procession in Larkana. PHOTO: APP Pakistani Shia Muslims flagellate themselves during an Ashura procession in Karachi on November 25, 2012.  PHOTO: AFP Pakistani Shia Muslims flagellate themselves during a religious procession in Rawalpindi  on November 25, 2012. PHOTO: AFP At least five people killed in a blast near Muharram 10 procession in DI Khan. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/ THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE At least five people killed in a blast near Muharram 10 procession in DI Khan. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID/ THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE At least five people killed in a blast near Muharram 10 procession in DI Khan. PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK/EXPRESS The religious processions for Muharram 10, also known as Ashura, are taking place all across Pakistan on Sunday.  PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

The religious processions for Muharram 10 (Ashura), which took place all over Pakistan, have ended.

A bomb blast in Dera Ismail Khan killed at least five people and injured over a hundred during a procession on Sunday, reported Express News.

The procession continued on its route even after the blast, passing through Chugalla Gate and reaching Imamai Gate where they were joined by other processions.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast.

Operation in Manghopir

Police seized a car from with 100kg explosives and got into an encounter with the alleged suspects, shooting one of them and arresting another. Two suspects managed to flee and were reported to have snatched two cars from the Sultanabad area, according to Express News.

Firing in Shahadpur

Six people were injured when unidentified armed men attacked a Muharram procession in Shahdadpur, Express News reports. The attackers baton-charged the mourners.

The bans on pillion riding and cellular services, which were imposed for security reasons, were lifted in most cities.

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9:00pm

Ashura processions have ended across the country, Express News reported.

Mobile services have been restored in Karachi, Faisalabad, Jafarabad, Gujranwala and Sargodha.

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8:30pm

Mobile services have been restored in Peshawar and Quetta, Express News reported.

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7:40pm

A hand grenade attack on police personnel in Mardan left three injured, Express News reported.

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7:30pm 

The blast in Khadda Market, Kharadar was a cracker blast, which went off in a ditch, Express News reported.

The injured person has been moved to Civil Hospital.

The area of Qila Rohtas, Jhelum is the only place in Pakistan where Shia and Sunni Muslims carry out processions together on the day of Ashura.

View a slideshow of today’s Muharram processions.

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6:20pm

A bomb blast has occurred in Khadda Market, Kharadar leaving one person injured, Express News reported.

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5:40pm

Most Ashura processions have joined together and are reaching their conclusion at various imambargahs in the major cities and towns.

Doctors at a hospital in Dera Ismail Khan said five people were killed and 90 wounded. “There is a lack of ambulances and not enough hospital beds,” said one. “People brought many of the injured to the hospital on rickshaws.” [Reuters adds]

“There is fear, but there is also anger and defiance among Shias,” said one, who asked not to be named.     “Shias never felt like a minority in Pakistan but now they are slowly being turned into a real minority. And Shias will not let this happen.” [Reuters adds]

“Our children are being killed but the government is powerless,” complained Shia Amina Bokhari. “What is the purpose of this security they claim to give us?” [Reuters adds]

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Pakistani Shia Muslim mourners raise their hands during an Ashura procession in Karachi on November 25, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

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5:15pm

Pakistan’s Taliban, who are focused on battling the state but are also allied with Sunni sectarian groups, have claimed responsibility for the two attacks today, reports Reuters.

“For Interior Minister of Pakistan Rehman Malik, who blocked mobile phones across the country and banned motorbikes, you can’t stop our activities against the Shia community and security forces,” Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said by telephone from an undisclosed location.

“We will keep continuing our activities.”

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4:10pm

A picture shared on Instagram by zairabbas shows participants of a Muharram procession in Karachi.

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3:29pm

A Reuters image shows security officers standing in front of a shop damaged in the DI Khan blast.

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3:20pm

DI Khan

Bomb Disposal Squad official Anayatullah told The Express Tribune that around 8-10kg explosives were used in the blast on Muharram procession.

The number of injured has gone up to more than a hundred, with 91 being treated at DI Khan District Headquarter Hospital and 14 in Combined Military Hospital. Those in critical condition have been referred to hospitals in Multan and Bakkar, sources at the district hospital told The Express Tribune.

The procession continued on its route even after the blast, passing through Chugalla Gate and reaching Imamai Gate where they were joined by other processions. The procession then proceeded toward its final destination of Kotlee Imam through Saddar Bazaar.

Lahore

IG Punjab Haji Habibur Rehman, speaking to the media, expressed his confidence in the security measures taken across the province for Muharram 10 processions. “Every procession is being monitored and all entry and exit points have been sealed,” he said.

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03:12pm

Karachi

The main Muharram procession has reached the Empress Market, Express News reports.

The entire city has been monitored through numerous close circuit cameras.

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1:33pm

Karachi

The suspects who fled Manghopir after an encounter with police have snatched two cars from Sultanabad area, reports Express News.

According to police, the snatched cars have the number plates AEP-135 and AFZ-8191. Areas around Manghopir have been sealed as the police try to locate the suspects.

The police had earlier killed one of the suspects and arrested another during an encounter after foiling a terrorist attempt in Manghopir. The police had seized a car with 100kg explosives which were hidden in water coolers.

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01:15pm

A picture shared on Instagram by dowctor shows police force deployed on MA Jinnah Road, Karachi for Ashura security.

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12:50pm

Hyderabad

The main Muharram procession in the city has begun under tight security.

The BDS had swept the entire procession route before allowing the participants to go ahead.

The procession has also been monitored from helicopters.

 Multan

A Muharram procession reaches city’s Ghanta Ghar, where mourners perform religious rituals.

Rangers and Army units are deployed in the city to maintain law and order.

Nowshera Feroz

BDS official declared that bomb rumour in an imambargah was a hoax.

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12:40pm

Nowshera Feroz

Bomb Disposal Squad has been called in after rumours emerged of a bomb in an imambargah in Nowshera Feroz.

DI Khan

Express News reports that at least 80 people have sustained injuries in the DI Khan blast.

Karachi

Police claim to have foiled a terror attack in the city after recovering explosives from the Manghopir area. However, no suspect has been arrested.

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12:25pm

Shahdadpur

Six people were injured when unidentified armed men attacked a Muharram procession in Shahdadpur, Express News reports.

The attackers reportedly baton-charged the mourners.

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11:55am

Layyah

A suspected terrorist was arrested near a Muharram procession in Layyah, Express News reports.

Police said the arrested suspect was a resident of DI Khan.

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11:42am

DI Khan

The death toll in the DI Khan blast has gone up to five, reports Express News.

The blast has damaged around 12 nearby shops of the bazaar.

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11:32am

DI Khan

Express News reports that the number of injured people has gone up to 70.

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11:20am

DI Khan

Correspondent Seemab reports that the Commissioner Bazaar, where the blast took place, had been sealed since Muharram 8, and was being monitored for 48 hours.

The bazaar was also being monitored from rooftops when the procession was passing by.

Media and unauthorised personnel are not being allowed to enter the area after the blast.

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11:10am

DI Khan

According to rescue sources, a 9-year-old boy, an elderly man and a young man were among the dead, while around 35-40 injured have been brought to the hospital.

Correspondent Seemab reports that doctors are not present at the hospital, and authorities are trying to bring doctors from Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for assistance.

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An Express News screenshot shows an ambulance on its way to the blast site in DI Khan

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11:00am

DI Khan

Express News correspondent Seemab reports that according to the Bomb Disposal Squad, a remote-controlled bomb was placed inside a closed shop in Commissionary Bazaar of Chugalla. The bomb went off when the Muharram procession was passing  by.

At least 12 people have been reportedly injured.

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10:50am

DI Khan

The only blast that took place on Muharram 9, Saturday, was also in DI Khan near a Muharram procession. The blast killed at least 10 people, including children and police officials.

The bomb was placed in garbage and was detonated using a remote control. The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed responsibility for yesterday’s attack.

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10:48am

DI Khan

All injured are being shifted to the District Headquarter hospital, and emergency has been imposed in the hospital.

Express News correspondent Ramzan Seemab reports that the mobile services have been blocked in the city since 5am and even wireless services are not working.

Seemab added that the city had also been swept at least four times for planted bombs.

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10:43am

DI Khan

Hospital sources say three people have been killed in the blast. Police say it could be a suicide blast.

According to sources, cellular services were not blocked in the area despite government orders and despite DI Khan being declared a “sensitive area”.

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10:39am

DI Khan

At least three people were injured when a blast took place near a Muharram 10 procession in the Chugalla area of Dera Ismail Khan on Sunday, reports Express News.

Rescue services and police officials have left for the site.

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Reader Comments (37)

  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Nov 25, 2012 - 10:49AM

    Pakistan is in war position.. every one should cooperate with government of pakistan regarding security measures.be vigilant.
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  • Born Political
    Nov 25, 2012 - 11:11AM

    I don’t mind cellphones blockage, if it saves lives of our shiite brothers. I support this decision by govt.

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  • Maleeha
    Nov 25, 2012 - 11:15AM

    plz keep up-dating specially about the names of victims….

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  • Nov 25, 2012 - 11:24AM

    cellular service of some cellular company were not suspended in our area the tellenor is not working but jazz is working similar is also in other parts whey TTP claim that they will succeeded in his planing.

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  • Syed A. Mateen
    Nov 25, 2012 - 11:28AM

    The mentally sick people will keep on disturbing the peaceful environment of the country by various means.

    The government should deal with such culprits with iron hand and no one should be spared to create chaos any where in the country.

    I am glad that government has blocked the cellular as well as PTCL wireless service to avoid any more destruction in the country, but the lawbreakers and the terrorists will not leave any stone unturned to create law and order situation.

    Strict security measures have been taken and my wish is that 10th of Moharram should pass peacefully and without any more casualties.

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  • Nov 25, 2012 - 1:21PM

    Well done tribune

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  • Aun rind
    Nov 25, 2012 - 1:35PM

    Enough is enough….they r targeting innocent people contumaciously women children.they r among us front of us every body knows they r the production of zia’s era n now become the terrorist killing Pakistanis. govt. shud take strict actions n show them to media.

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  • boco
    Nov 25, 2012 - 2:50PM

    The spirit that the Shia Muslim community has shown over the past few days is exemplary to say the least. Only when people stand up for what they believe in and not give in to intimidation and terror can this country and world as a whole can prosper. I urge people belonging to different schools of thought and religions to take this as an example and to stop letting the terrorists win by making us weak-willed and scared. Bravo Shi’ites and thank you for showing us the way!

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  • M
    Nov 25, 2012 - 5:11PM

    YA HUSSAIN (A.S)!

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  • Pushtun voice
    Nov 25, 2012 - 6:30PM

    Didn’r realize Shias were responsible for drone attacks.
    How are the Taliban apologists going to spin this vicious attack.

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  • jawad
    Nov 25, 2012 - 7:23PM

    Pushtun voice: Shia are the loudest voice of protest against tyranny and oppression. Hence tyrants want to silence Shia first.

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  • Momin
    Nov 25, 2012 - 7:34PM

    @Pushtun voice

    Article 227 of the Pakistan’s constitution says “All existing laws shall be brought in conformity with the injunctions of Islam” and “no law shall be enacted which is repugnant to such injunctions.”

    Implementation of this article is all that the Taliban is demanding. They are on the right side of the law. So, why are the Taliban getting blamed over and over again?

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  • jj
    Nov 25, 2012 - 7:47PM

    Are Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are MUSLIMS? WHY THEY USE NAME OF PAKISTAN?

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  • mehdi alizade
    Nov 25, 2012 - 8:21PM

    Thank you all of my sunni brothers for cooperating ! good work rangers and police , and yes thank u all of media personals who were covering the procession fearlessly.

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  • kanwal
    Nov 25, 2012 - 8:23PM

    @momin
    Wow! People like you DO exist.

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  • Kashyap
    Nov 25, 2012 - 8:43PM

    You muslims just have two major groups shia and sunni and a single god allah with his last prophet Mohammed(PBUH)…still you fight like this everyday..Imagine wat would have happened if we hindus Fought like you everyday as we have 330 million Gods(33 crore), millions of castes, untouchablity, And a prophet like figure for almost every village… India would have been divided into 1000 countries..ufff… Recommend

  • Hairaan
    Nov 25, 2012 - 9:12PM

    @picture Self-inflicting wounds is Haram in Islam. Suicide is its advance form which is also Haram.

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  • Something Clever
    Nov 25, 2012 - 9:17PM

    @Momin:
    Demanding is different from blowing people up. If all they did was complain then they’d fit right into a democracy. Democracy is quite pleasant to loud, even mentally unsound complainers. The Taliban are depraved murderers of people who rarely have any influence in what they demand.
    In fact, they don’t diplomatically request anything. They say “do this or die.”

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  • Momin
    Nov 25, 2012 - 9:40PM

    @something clever
    Their means may be wrong, but I repeat there is nothing absolutely wrong in their objective. After all why was Pakistan created in the first place ? Why is it even called “Islamic Republic of Pakistan” if we do not want shariah? Pakistan may well have been named “Democratic Republic of Pakistan for god’s sake”. Think.. we wanted an Islamic state but we do not want Islamic law to prevail. This just does not make any sense.

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  • JOHN
    Nov 25, 2012 - 10:51PM

    @Hairaan: Salam sir………..so you are the new final authority on islam.

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  • Momin
    Nov 25, 2012 - 10:56PM

    @something clever
    Their means may be wrong, but I repeat there is nothing absolutely wrong in their objective. After all why was Pakistan created in the first place ? Why is it even called “Islamic Republic of Pakistan” if we do not want shariah? Pakistan may well have been named “Democratic Republic of Pakistan for god’s sake”. Think.. we wanted an Islamic state but we do not want Islamic law to prevail. This just does not make any sense.Recommend

  • Syed
    Nov 25, 2012 - 11:03PM

    @hairaan. Shias follow their own school of thought so don’t always act like an idiot. You seem like a Taliban with a PC

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  • syeda
    Nov 26, 2012 - 3:39AM

    if you can !! bring hussaini version of islam! bring peace! justice love in pakistan this is what islam is all about! you havent even understood islam how will you implement it ? you dont even know who are the real representors of islam how would you then differentiate between the right and wrong afrer what pakistan has faced till now you are still asking why tpp is being blamed you have no heart! you are blinded! this is what happens to munkar e wilayet e ali!

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  • Nov 26, 2012 - 9:04AM

    If the mobike and cellular services are banned to save lives of Pakistanis, then VIVA! My support will always be there to save the innocent and catch the offending self-appointed guardians of the faith. All saner and educated elements in society favor and support it. It not only saves the lives of our Shiite brothers but brings peace and harmony.

    As for catching the different Taliban, Lashkars and Sipahs, when and where did they find the book or scholar that allows them to acclaim “self-righteousness?”

    The government had better come to its senses and develop the country by spreading education and economics. To quote: “An inch of Time cannot be bought with an inch of Gold”…Anon

    Salams

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 26, 2012 - 9:19AM

    Except for loss of innocent lives in DI Khan, overall situation in whole country remained peacefull. Great job Rehman Malik and provincial govenments.

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  • Not Hairaan
    Nov 26, 2012 - 9:38AM

    @Hairaan:
    Perhaps, if you had the advantage of good education, you would not be so hairaan. Just like you don;t want others to dictate their faith on you, please learn to accept others’ faith. Live, and let live. Stop being judgmental. Unless of course the good lord has appointed you as a judge.

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  • Pakistani
    Nov 26, 2012 - 10:33AM

    People should support the government in the decisions rather than just criticizing……well done Rehman Malik…

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  • Nov 26, 2012 - 11:55AM

    DI Khan: Pakistani law enforcing agencies on Sunday arrested Saeed Rajput, owner of a shop where explosive material got off and caused causalities to five people, from Dera Ismail Khan.

    http://rtilive.pk/detail/6866

    Right to Information Pakistan Live, RTI Live, Information Pakistan, RTI online Research ORganization,Pakistani law enforcing agencies , Saeed Rajput, DI Khan, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, IGP Khyber Pakhtunkhua,

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Nov 26, 2012 - 11:55AM

    ***”@the Skunk:If the mobike and cellular services are banned to save lives of Pakistanis, then VIVA! My support will always be there to save the innocent and catch the offending self-appointed guardians of the faith. All saner and educated elements in society favor and support it. It not only saves the lives of our Shiite brothers but brings peace and harmony.
    As for catching the different Taliban, Lashkars and Sipahs, when and where did they find the book or scholar that allows them to acclaim “self-righteousness?”
    The government had better come to its senses and develop the country by spreading education and economics. To quote: “An inch of Time cannot be bought with an inch of Gold”***
    Suppose if agree with you here on your this stance/standpoint then would you like to explain that such these types of occasions happen once in a blue moon and what shall you do in the other days of the year to save the innocent and sinless lives of the other nation and if this is so and thus the terrorism and terrorists can be controlled and overcome then why mobiles’ services are not blocked forever so that the terrorists couldn’t fulfill their negative designs and also couldn’t have any chance to terrorize and target the innocent and sinless people in Pakistan and the government could achieve all its targets easily.This step was taken only to save Shias’ lives for the few days and now when mobile phones’ services have been restored and motorbikes’ riding and pillion-riding then can any one most especially importantly Rehman Malik say assuredly,surely and give guarantee that now the terrorists shall not do any thing wrongful or any terror activities any where Pakistan?????Recommend

  • Clear Black Bag
    Nov 26, 2012 - 12:11PM

    @syeda:
    @Syed:
    Would you like answer my this question honestly,sincerely and truly and if yes then I am going to be highly to obliged to you,id est,mourning is always started after the death/martyrdom not before and after Hazrat Imam Hussain’s (R.A) martyr there has not been seen any remarkable mournful gatherings in Pakistan and even life returns towards normalcy.
    Please never take my this question in negative sense…..

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  • ishrat salim
    Nov 26, 2012 - 2:11PM

    @Syed A. Mateen:

    These terrorists elements will continue with their plan as none have been given punished due to our weak prosecution, faulty investigations & no proper law to detain such elements for a longer period so that proper investigation on modern lines are conducted against them, beside, there is no ” witness protection program ” due to which witnesses do not come forward to testify, & if they do they & their families are threatened so they change their statement & if they insist to testify they are killed in court or outside ( as in the case of journalist Wali Baber – all 11 witnesses killed ),so even though some of these terrorists are caught, but in absence of above mentioned weakness in our judicial process, they are left-off due to in-sufficient evidences…this not the fault of judiciary as none of above factors come under its jurisdiction…the other day Mr Malik himself conceded that Parliament has failed to pass law to prosecute the arrested terrorists….

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  • Introspection
    Nov 26, 2012 - 5:09PM

    @syeda:
    Are such ‘juloos-pageantries’ allowable in Islam, or is it the hussaini version of Islam?

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  • Introspection
    Nov 26, 2012 - 6:52PM

    ATTENTION EXPRESS TRIBUNE ADMINISTRATORS! I NORMALLY FEEL THAT YOU ARE QUIET FAIR AND NEUTRAL, AND NOT TWISTED, OR BIGOTED. BUT, I HAVE BEEN PUTTING UP MY QUERY/COMMENT TO @SYEDA, FOR THE PAST FEW HOURS, AND NO ACTION FROM YOUR END…!

    IF YOU CAN PUBLISH THIS:

    syeda
    15 hours ago
    Reply

    if you can !! bring hussaini version of islam! bring peace! justice love in pakistan this is what islam is all about! you havent even understood islam how will you implement it ? you dont even know who are the real representors of islam how would you then differentiate between the right and wrong afrer what pakistan has faced till now you are still asking why tpp is being blamed you have no heart! you are blinded! this is what happens to munkar e wilayet e ali!

    YOU CAN SURE PUBLISH THIS AS WELL:

    @syeda:
    Are such ‘juloos-pageantries’ allowable in Islam, or is it the hussaini version of Islam?

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  • Syed
    Nov 26, 2012 - 8:22PM

    @Clear Black Bag. I am sorry but I am not sure if I understood your question. Could you please ask again.

    @Introspection. There is only one Islam. We have different schools of thought. The Shias take their understanding from the Holy Imams. Prophet (pbuh&p) appointed Imam Ali a.s. as his Vasi. There are 11 Imams after Imam Ali a.s. We believe them all to be infallables. So we take it from the Holy Family of the Prophet. The processions have been happening for hundreds of years. There is nothing unIslamic about them. No where does it say if you don’t participate you are kafir. This is actually a good thing so Imam Hussain’s message gets out. You have no idea how much it changes our own lives. Islam zinda hota hai har karbala k baad

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  • Introspection
    Nov 27, 2012 - 2:58PM

    @Syed:

    Dear Syed, thanks for your comments. Here’s my point of view, with no pun, or denigration intended in any way, shape, or form…

    I fully agree with you that there is only ‘One Islam’ and that is: ‘The Commandments of Allah as related, shown, and practiced by His Messenger Muhammad (PBUH)’. This is that same Islam that the ‘Ahle-Bait’ devotedly followed, and that is the ‘Mainstream Islam’ of the 85% of the Muslims of this world.

    a) Problem: Historians dispute the origin of ‘Shia Islam’. This Shiism began as a political faction (Shia’tul ‘Ali), rather than a truly religious movement…and got progressively more ‘emotionally-entrenched’ and ‘schismatically-muddled-up’ (Twelvers, Twenty Oners, Ismailies, Alavids, Zaidis etc.), in time with clear ‘polytheistic and paganistic’ symbols, nuances and connotations…which is intrinsically ‘anathemical’ to the ‘Mainstream-Islam’s-Core-Beliefs’…that’s where this constant antagonism and hostility keeps propping up and germinating, especially on their religious-pageant-occasions and events which portray these…Shias in ‘defence’ of it (their beliefs), and Sunnis in its ‘disapproval and objection’. Indeed the Karbela Tragedy Martyrdom (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon all of them), was an unfortunate-heart-rendering-politically-motivated-tragedy, in the annuls of Islamic history, like also were the Martyrdom of Hazrat Umar (RA), Hazrat Usman (RA), and Hazrat Ali (RA), three of the Khulfa-e-Rashideen, (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon all of them).

    b) Solution in The Qur’an: 2.134 Those are a people who have passed away. Theirs is that which they earned, and yours is that which you earn. And you will not be asked of what they used to do.

    Allah is the best and the Most Just of Judges. All the past, the present, and the future is in His Mainframe-Data-Base, and He will Judge on the Day of Judgment, and each one of us will be requited with what we have fairly earned.

    My humble advise is that they should ‘stop’ digging-up-past-history to generate ‘unnecessary-hate-tabarra-villification-and-implication’ of the Companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), for 40 days continuously every Muharram in their Majalises. In a country where the majority Muslims are Sunni Muslims, invariably makes the environment potentially highly explosive. Lets all work on this together, and bridge this progressively widening chasm and divide…and all live happily as Muslims of the Land of the Pure. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

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  • syeda
    Nov 28, 2012 - 3:10AM

    i hope my comment to my intro gets posted

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  • syeda
    Nov 28, 2012 - 8:14AM

    oh its not! ok i will repost MR. introspection…
    the issue has nothing to do with politics ! its purely religious! imam Ali a.s was appointed the first imam by Allah and our beloved Prophet SAWW delivered the message to muslims on the event of ghadeer when he returned from his last HAj infront of thousands of muslims(if not millions i dont know the eaxt no. but they were a lot and the event of ghadeer was a very special event and it happened in such a way that each and every muslim finds out about it ) he declared who was going to lead after him…but since there were hypocrties present at that time they went from manmade leaders…we shias only believe in imams who are appointed by none other than Allah not by humans….so it has nothing to do with politics…its as simple as that!Recommend

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