By Abdullahi Isah Wasagu and Muhammad Isa Ahmad
Following by beginning of the first Majlis of Ashura mourning at the Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah, Zaria, Nigeria, members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria led by His Eminence Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky across Nigeria have begun commemoration of Ashura Majalis, Tuesday, the second day of Muharram 1436 AH.
In Kaduna the gathering took place at the Markaz located at Zango area with multitude of people in attendance.
It began with songs of lamentation for Imam Hussain (as) by Shu’ara followed by drama depicting the Ashura tragedy by Youth Forum of the Islamic Movement.
In his lecture, Ameer of the Kaduna zone, Malan Mukhtar Sahabi traced the genesis of Ashura to the disregard of Ghadeer Khum declaration by the Holy Prophet on the Imamate of Ahlul Bayt (AS).
He explained that, the disregard to that declaration led to the subsequent hatred and denial of Imamate of Imam Hassan and Imam Hussain (AS), which late gave way to Ashura tragedy.
“Infact, the plot to kill Imam Hussain (AS) was hatched at Saqifah Banu Sa’’ad, when some section of Companion met and imposed a ‘Khalifah’ on the Muslim Ummah after the demise of the Holy Prophet (S)”, he added.
Malan Mukhtar Sahabi who cleared some misconceptions on Ashura tragedy, said the commemoration of the tragedy on yearly basis by followers of Ahlul Bayt despites severe opposition has made it widely accepted now.
He also used the opportunity to remind members of the obligation of supporting the construction of Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah Zaria, and called for donation in the approved boxes provided.
In Kano, the event took place at the Fagge Juma’at Mosque with much large crowd than last year, as the session was complemented by increased public attendance.
Shaikh Muhammad Muhammad Mahmoud Turi began by welcoming people to the new Islamic calendar and stressed the importance of being up to date with the Hijiri calendar.
He urged people to use the period in the service of Allah.
Sheikh Turi also inaugurated the donation box towards completion of construction of Hussainiyyah Baqiyyatullah, Zaria and called for sacrifices.
Guest speaker, Sheriff Shubli called on people to intensify remembrance of event of Karbala to reach every nook and corner so as to keep it alive.