The holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA), grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), will be observed in the country on Friday with due religious solemnity.
On this day in the Hijri year of 61, Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) along with his family members and 72 followers embraced martyrdom in the hands of soldiers of Yazid at the desert of Karbala to uphold the teachings of the Prophet (SM).
The word Ashura means simply ‘tenth’ in Arabic, and therefore the name of the remembrance, literally translated, means ‘the tenth day’.
The day is a public holiday.
Religious organisations and political groups have undertaken various programmes to observe the day.
On the eve of the day, President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia have issued separate messages.
In a message, President Abdul Hamid said holy Ashura is a significant as well as a day of mourning for the Muslim Ummah for establishing truth and justice.
“On this day, I wish unity, solidarity and continuous development of the Muslim Ummah along with establishment of a society-based on justice and equality,” he added.
In her message, the Prime Minister urged all to take lessons from the holy Asura to establish truth and justice in life.
Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and private TV channels will air special programmes, and national dailies publish articles highlighting the significance of the day.
Source: UNB Connect