Muharram

Muharram is celebrated by Muslims in the first month of Islamic calendar. This is a religious celebration according to the Muslims. Stories reveal that this is the occasion to mourn the death of two Martyrs Hassan and Hussein, who were killed during the war of Karbala. The devotees punish themselves by whipping on the open roads often leading to bleeding and scars in their bodies. Since the Muslims follow the lunar calendar, the dates of Muharram changes accordingly.  The processions are long ones and continue almost the full day with the entire community on the roads to express their unity and solidarity.

India along with other countries tries to observe National holiday during this festival. Devotees celebrating this festival are allowed to offer prayers in the open; the Government seeks and restricts movement on those roads thereby maintaining peace and harmony. The tenth day of Muharram is considered as the most auspicious day and they participate in fasting on the day of Ashura. Devotees continue their procession on camels during Muharram. They carry knives ties with long chains and hurt themselves till they bleed. These are regarded as holy and pious.  Since Muslims are differentiated into to clear sects called Shia and Sunni based on the descendant of Prophet Mohammed, both have different ways to celebrate their religious rights.  They fast on the 9th and 10th day of Muharram which is regarded as holy.  They have an apt belief that by practicing this sacrifice act of hurting oneself, they become closer to Allah.  Devotees and lovers of Islam say that Islam is the only way to attain divinity and obey the words of Allah. Although, there are apparent differences in the opinion that the followers are made violent but pure Islam follows the way to peace, eternity and true love.

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