LAHORE (Staff Report) – Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is a period of mourning for Muslims. During the month they commemorate the death of Hussain ibn-e-Ali, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and the third Shia Imam, at the Battle of Karbala. The mourning events reach a climax on Ashura, the tenth day of the month, which falls this week.
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Here we take a look at the Ashura processions in major cities of Pakistan.
In Islamabad, the main procession will begin and culminate at the central Imambargah in Sector G-6.
Central procession in Lahore will start from Nisar Haveli, Mochi Gate, and will end at Karbala Gamay Shah, where Shaam-e-Ghareebaan (Night of the oppressed) will be observed.
Since 19th century, it is one of the biggest Ashura processions in South Asia.
In Karachi, central procession will start from Nishter Park. The procession will pass MA Jinnah Road, Empress Market, Regal Chowk, Tibet Center and end at Hussainia Iranian Khaaradar.
In Rawalpindi, central procession will start from Imam Bargaah Colonel Maqbool at 10 am and end, after passing through the traditional routes, at Qadeemi Imam Bargaah at 9 pm.
Central procession, in Peshawar, will begin at 11 am and end at Manazil in the night.
At 7.30 am, central procession will start from Imam Bargaah Hussaini, in Quetta. It will arrive at Punjabi Imam Bargaah, Alamdar Road, after evening prayer.
In Multan, central procession will begin from Aastana Lal Shah and end after reaching the shrine of Shah Shams.