LESSONS IN PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE

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There could not have been a better exhibition of national unity and harmony than what we saw on Muharram 10 (Ashura) in Kabul this year
 
There could not have been a better exhibition of national unity and harmony than what we saw on Muharram 10 (Ashura) in Kabul this year. Thousands of people, cutting across sects and tribes, took part in the massive mourning processions around the city and demonstrated their desire and willingness to co-exist peacefully and foil the sinister plots of mischief-mongers who are hell-bent to divide people among sects and tribes.
 
People in Kabul, and many other provinces, reaffirmed their pledge to build Afghanistan where there is no discrimination or prejudice on the basis of sect or tribe or region. Everyone has the right to freedom of religion and unlike what happens in the neighboring country; nobody shall be declared a heretic or killed for his faith and ideology.
 
Reciting soul-stirring elegies and hymns, participants wore black dresses and badges, and beat their chests in a spirit of devotion. They carried replicas of Husain’s mausoleum in Karbala, and parade the streets.

It goes to the credit of government and security agencies for facilitating peaceful and incident-free Muharram

Big banners and hoardings are put up on every street, alley and pathway. As a cleric said in his address, the appeal of Muharram cuts across the religious and ideological divide, because Husain’s uprising in Karbala was not a religious tussle, a political war or a petty struggle for power. It was a confrontation between right and might, between the forces of truth and falsehood. These annual commemorations have been effectively used as a psychological weapon and mechanism to mobilize masses against evil, injustice and repression.
 
Security had been beefed up across the city to prevent any untoward incident. It goes to the credit of government and security agencies here for facilitating peaceful and incident-free Muharram. In the neighboring country, many incidents of violence were reported. Many people lost their lives and many more were wounded.
 
Muharram, according to learned scholars, is not merely an episode in history revolving around a grief-centric ritual. It is a philosophy and a movement. The threat of injustice and tyranny will always have contemporary significance. Muslims of the world commonly observe and commemorate Husain’s sacrifice each year, which shows their resolve to fight tyranny, oppression and injustice anywhere in the world.

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