Islamic flags-bearing teenagers and youths were awarded medals on Saturday for their steadfastness and unwavering commitment to Azadari-e-Imam Hussain (AS) that they continued lifting the ‘alams’ of Hazrat Abbas (AS) (Islamic flags) despite a huge blast on Ashura mourning procession of Shia Muslims.
Around 72 mourners are believed to have been killed in that blast on December 28, 2009 but bodies of only 43 were identified and others torn-apart bodies were lying in cold-storage.
Nasiran-e-Imam Foundation (AS) had hosted the program at Catholic Ground to eulogize the astonishing and unbelievable act of the “alamdars” (flags-bearers). Thousands of Shia Muslims including youths and children, mothers and sisters and elderly persons participated in the ceremony.
According to the Shiite News Correspondent, Eminent scholars were: Maulana Aqeel Moosa, Sadiq Taqvi, Maulana Mohammad Ali, Maulana Aqeel Sajidi, Maulana Mohammad Hassan Raeesi. Divisional President of Imamia Students Organization Karachi Zain Ansari and mayor of Imamia Organization also participated.
As a matter of fact, Hazrat Abbas (AS), younger brother of Imam Hussain (AS), was flag bearer of his group that had to fight a war imposed on the true followers of Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW), the last apostle of Allah and Prophet of Islam (PBUH).
Hazrat Abbas (AS) had set an example that he didn’t quench his thirst and preferred other thirsty followers including children and in particular 6 year old daughter of Imam Hussain. The army of Umayyad ruler Yazid had occupied the Euphrates river near Karbala, the only source of water to drink and bath, disallowing the followers of Imam Hussain (AS) to use water. Hazrat Abbas Alamdar, suffered from immense thirst, broke the siege, and filled his “mashk” (water-skin) and on way to reach the tents of children. The army of the Umayyad regime equipped with swords, arrows and spears (lances) cut his arms in a bid to foil his attempt.
Hazrat Abbas (AS) continued lifting of the flag and mashk but arrows hit the water-skin and finally, he was murdered. However, he kept Islamic flag up otherwise it would have been considered a defeat had he allowed the flag to fall down.
Following the footprints of Hazrat Abbas (AS), the alamdars of Ashura procession also kept the flag up. Some of their colleagues in scouts were martyred and many bodies were lying torn-apart but they shouldered their responsibility. A vast majority of the Ashura mourners peacefully continued their procession as usual, let alone the alamdars.
Shia Muslims host the Ashura procession to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS) and his followers who were ferociously assassinated in Karbala (IRAQ) by the brutal army of tyrant Umayyad regime of Yazid. Imam Hussain (AS) was the maternal grandson of Hazrat Muhammad (SAW), Prophet of Islam and the last apostle of Allah. Umayyad regime, founder of an un-Islamic dynastic-rule had forced the progeny and true followers of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) for allegiance in a bid to gain legitimacy. Imam Hussain (AS) and his followers had refused to bow to illegal and unjust rule and that cost them dearly.
Ashura or Azadari as a whole is not a sectarian ritual. Factually speaking, almost all the freedom-loving persons participate in azadari (the Islamic mourning) that is part of Shia Islam’s recommended and sometimes obligatory ritual. Sunni Muslims who had joined the mourning with Shia Muslims also fell victims alongside their Shia brothers because of terrorism in Ashura blast.
Hindus and Christians also pay respect to Imam Hussain (AS). Imam Hussain (AS) is a non-controversial leader of freedom-seekers all over the world and he is source of inspiration for all the oppressed people who want freedom from the yoke of Imperialism, and unjust financial systems mainly Capitalism.