Muharram Massacre

Bilal Bahadur/ Mukhtar Zahoor


Wearing black, girls take out procession which was foiled by police (KL Image)

The first month of Islamic calendar, Muharram, is a sacred month. It symbolises the beginning of the Muslim New Year. The tenth of this month is called day of ‘Ashura’.

Mourners taking our process on 8th Muharram in Lal Chowk (KL Image)

In the year 680, in the battle of Karbala, Imam Hussain (RA) along with his 72 companions was martyred by the men of Yazid. Karbala is a place of pilgrimage in Iraq.

A Shi’a mourner flagellates with iron knives in Lal Chowk (KL Image)

Imam Hussain (RA) was grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and son of Hazrat Ali (RA).

Two children being taklen away by the police. The children were part of procession (KL Image)

Shi’a community organise processions, flagellate themselves and beat their chest to express their grief and pay their obeisance.

Police intercepted the procession and did not allow it to move forward (KL Image)

To thwart procession, authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Police used tear gas canister to quell the mourners (KL Image)

There were clashes. Police used force to quell the mourners. The injuries were reported.

Police used force to stop mourners to move forward (KL Image)

CM Mehbooba in her message said Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions at Karbala would continue to remind the mankind about the futility of falsehood and deceit and ultimate victory of truth and uprightness.


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