- POLICE CARRY ON WITH DASTARDLY PLOT TO ATTACK ASHURA PROCESSION
Despite the fact that the Shi’ites group has been proscribed, it has dared the police and insisted it would observe the Ashura procession on Tuesday. The Ashura procession, also called the Day of Ashura, is the tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.
It is observed annually by Shi’ite Muslims worldwide to commemorate the death of Husayn ibn Ali in the Battle of Karbala in Iraq.
Known as the third Shia Imam, Husayn was the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and son of Ali ibn Abi Talib, the first Shia Imam.
Husayn was said to have died during the Battle of Karbala, which was fought on October 10, 680 between his army and the army of the second Umayyad caliph Yazid I.
In a report signed by Abdullahi Muhammad Musa for the Academic Forum of the Islamic movement in Nigeria sent to SUNCITYNEWS by the group which reads:
“We write to inform people of conscience, religious leaders, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), International Community and the rest of the public of the Nigeria Police’s dastardly plot to attack the forthcoming Ashura procession scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, 10th September, 2019”.
A reliable piece of information reaching us disclosed that the Nigeria Police are all set to assail the upcoming processional march across the country. Preparatory to this, the source also confirmed, Police will employ extrajudicial approach to assault, arrest or kill whoever participates in the religious event.
The word ‘Ashura’ is derived from an Arabic word, Ashara, meaning ten, and in history, it refers to the 10th day of the 1st month of the Islamic calendar. It is a day for mournful commemoration of the brutal killing of Imam Hussain bn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (S). Imam Hussain was assassinated by Yazid bn Muawiyyah at Karbala in 61 A.H.
To this pertinence, Ashura is a universal event which non-Muslims do participate, thus the mourning is global. For the past 40 years, Muslims have been conducting Ashura mournful processions in this part of the world. Last year, September, 2018 the procession was conducted in Abuja and many other cities across Nigeria, including FCT, which ended peacefully without any hitch from the Police. Unfortunately, however, the Police are prepared this time around to launch an unprovoked attack on the same mourners from whom they chose to look the other way last year.
It is worthy of note that we are Muslims, and Ashura procession in mourning is one of our religious rights. We cannot afford to allow politicians, pseudo-politicians as well as the police to deprive us of our rights to freedom of thought and religion.
In view of the foregoing, we wish to invite people of conscience, religious leaders, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) International Community, Journalists and the entire public to come and monitor the conduct of the Ashura procession in order to expose those that are so desperate to cause violence for a pittance.
It is pertinent to remind the Police that detaining more than 60 Free-Fakzaky protesters among whom there are young ladies and minors with life-threatening injuries, denying them proper medication ever since 22nd July, 2019 is a flagrant violation of their fundamental rights.