Millions of Muslims around the world mark are being gathered at holy city of Karbala to observeÂ the martyrdom of the third Shia Imam. Mourners beat their chests and scourge their backs in their grief over the suffering and martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH), along with 72 of his loyal companions in Â a place still called Karbala, in Iraq, in 680 CE. However, Four people have been martyredÂ in northern Iraq when an explosion ripped through a procession being held as part of Ashura mourning ceremonies. The bomb attack took place in the town of Taza Kharmatu near the oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Sunday morning. The town’s police chief, Lieutenant Colonel Hussein al-Bayati, said 19 other people were wounded as a result of the blast, AFP reported. Five of the wounded, including a child, are in serious condition, he added. Mourners at Karbala, recited Poems,Â litanies chanted, and addresses once again break the hearts of those hearing them as the tragic massacre of Imam Hussein (PBUH), and his deceased companions is called to mind. Imam Hussein (PBUH), his family and his companions offer a sublime example of human resistance against oppression and injustice, and not exclusively for the Muslim nations, but for all of mankind.
February 4, 2016