Srinagar: Anjuman Shari-e-Shian has suspended Muharram processions including Ashoora in wake of COVID-19 pandemic. This was revealed by Aga Syed Mujtaba, the son of Anjuman president Agha Syed Hasan Al-Moosavi Al-Safavi, during a press conference in Srinagar.
“We appeal to believers not to take out Muharram processions in wake of the COVID-19 crisis. It is a difficult and heart-breaking decision, but we have no option keeping the pandemic in view,” Aga Syed Mujtaba said.
Muharram is observed by Muslims with abstinence and prayers to mourn the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) in the Battle of Karbala in the seventh century. It marks the first and one of the sacred months of the Islamic calendar.
Agha said it is the need of the hour to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in letter and spirit.
“It is not desirable to confront the Administration that has already asked people to follow SOP’s. If we do so, our problems will add and it will become more difficult to contain the spread of COVID-19,” Aga Syed Mujtaba said.
“During this Muharram, mourners observed all SOPs . Hussaini Majalis were held but sanitizers and masks were properly used in Imambaras. I know it is difficult for believers to restrain themselves, but to combat COVID-19, we need to stay away from processions,” he added.
“Believers should mourn inside their homes and Imambaras while following SOPs. People living in one area also should not congregate to mourn together, and the Majlis programme should be organized while adhering to norms,” he said.
He said there may be some miscreants who can mislead believers. “Let me tell believers, we are facing a serious crisis and it will be a murder if we force anyone to indulge in an act that is not desirable. We understand the pain and sentiments of the believers but it is the need of the hour to restrain ourselves and suspend Muharram processions,” Agha Syed Mujtaba said. KNT
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