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Shias bleed Sunnis mourn for Hassan, Hussein

By Staff
Google Oneindia News

Kolkata, Jan 30: Hundreds of Tazias, made in various parts of the city, will be taken in 'Jaloos' (processions), culminating at Khidderpore, where all of them would be kept or buried.

Processions along with the Tazias will be taken out at around 2100 hours from various parts of the city like M G Road, Raja Bazar, Khidderpore, Central Avenue and Chandni Chowk.

With swords and sharpened chains, Shia Muslims march along the whole day, chanting 'Hai Hassan, Hai Hussein' and beating themselves till they bleed.

The sight is horrific as some of them slash themselves with sharp objects as part of the 'Matam' (mourning) on the tenth day of Muharram, also known as Ashura, commemorating the murder of the Prophet's grandson, Imam Hussein, and his family members at Karbala in Iraq on the orders of the reigning Caliph, Yazid, some 1400 years ago.

But not all Muslims mourn this way, it is only the Shi'ites who believe that they have committed a sin.

However the Sunnis only mourn silently and perform 'Fateha' (funeral prayers) near the Tazias', which are the replicas of the tombs of the Imams at Najaf in Iraq.

''We perform 'fateha' near the Tazias. Anyone who does this will have his wishes fulfiled,'' Mohd Shakeel, the Khalifa (leader) of the Tazia built at M G Road said.

Shias have to hurt themselves, they have committed the sin and they have to repent,'' Md Shamim, a Sunni, from Raja Bazar area claimed.

''Our ancestors have committed a sin by killing the grandson of the Prophet and we are repenting for that,'' said Wasim Ali, a Shia.

''Every evening we conduct Fateha. Each and every person participates in this evening prayers and mourn over the deaths,'' a 7-year-old girl told sources. She had come for the Fateha with fruits and incense sticks. ''I have come for my 'mannat'. My Abbu (father) is ill and if I pray, Allah will cure him,'' she added.

But women here are deprived of participation in the procession.


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