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Muharram marks justice against injustice: Venkaiah Naidu

SNS | New Delhi |

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said Muharram marks “justice against injustice” and truth standing up against falsehood.

“Muharram marks justice against injustice and truth stood up against falsehood. Muslims, mainly Shias, spend the day in mourning,” Naidu tweeted as Muslims across the country took out processions to mark the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram.

Mourning the killing of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed, who was martyred some 1,400 years ago at Karbala in Iraq, Muslims, mainly Shias, on Muharram take out processions, crying and beating their chests in the ceremonial “maatam” or mourning.

On Muharram, considered a day of bereavement, Muslims observe voluntary fasts, give to charity and pray in remembrance of Hussain.

It was during the month of Muharram in 680 AD that soldiers of the ruling caliph Yazid surrounded Hussain, his family and some of his followers at Karbala. In the days that followed, they were denied food and water and many of them were systematically killed in the clash that lasted till the 10th day of the month.

Hussain was killed on the tenth day which is observed as the day of mourning.