Matami processions mark Muharram

Matami processions mark Muharram

Shia Muslims flagellating themselves during the Muharram procession on Hosur Road in Bangalore on Monday. KPN

The procession of Yaum-e-Ashurah, comprising Shia Muslims in thousands, was taken out from Masjid-e-Askari near Johnson Market.

 The adjoining Arab Line locality, populated mainly by Shia Muslims, was abuzz with chants of "Ya Hussain". Participants, chanting to the tunes of the beating drums, relived the struggle and hardship underwent by Hazrat Hussain.

Distinct touch
Kashmiri, Iranian and Arab Shia Muslims gave a distinct touch to the mourning session. According to Shia leader Maulana Imtiaz Haider, Kashmiris mourn the martyrdom of Hazrat Hussain in their own style.

They conducted the proceedings in Kashmiri language and showcased their local matami traditions. While a group of Iranian students displayed their distinct matami customs, Lebanese, Iraqi and Omani Shias living in Bangalore were not behind either.
Mourning processions from Yeshwanthpur, Bhoopasandra and Neelasandra converged into the main march on Richmond Road and proceeded towards the Aramgah Qabrastan (cemetery).

A horse depicting Zuljanah (the stallion used by Hazrat Hussain in the Battle of Karbala) apart from the flag he used, was the centre of attraction in the procession.
Later, the Shaam-e-Ghariban (a ceremonial assembly) was held. Sunni Muslims and Hindus also took part in the procession.

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