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Shia-Sunni harmony on display as Muharram processions begin in Budgam

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Budgam, Sep 17: An example of Shia-Sunni harmony was witnessed here on Monday when Sunni Muslims set up a stall to serve drinks to Shia mourners, who were participating in the 6th  Muharram procession.

Like every year, reciting elegies and beating chests, thousands of Shia Muslims carried out a procession from Zoorigund village here.

When the black clad Shia mourners reached Huroo- a Sunni dominated village, they were served with beverages by the natives of the said area.

The procession began after Asr prayers which passes through Khansahib road and main chowk and later culminated at central Imam Bargah. Dozens of banners with Muharram messages were also erected across the streets.

While remembering the martyrs of Karbala, the participants said, “We carry out processions in order to pay homage to the martyrs of Karbala. These processions also signify that truth is to be valued and falsehood condemned. Participating in these processions fulfils our commitment towards our trust.”

Another participant said that Imam Hussain (as) has set an example of resistance and valour for the mankind. “The reason behind Imam’s martyrdom is that every time we should be ready to oppose Yazid of our era. Imam taught us the way how to fight against tyrants with bravery.”

It is pertinent to mention here that till 10th Muharram, the processions will be taken out in Budgam and adjoining areas. The largest gathering will be observed on Ashura- the day when Imam Hussain (as) along with his companions were martyred by the tyrant army of Yazid in the battle of Karbala.

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