Ashore -- the Tenth of Muharrem, which marks the centuries old martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain and his 72 companies, was observed throughout Pakistan last week (14 February) with a day of national mourning and public flagellation.
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Background: Ashore -- the Tenth of Muharrem, which marks the centuries old martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain and his 72 companies, was observed throughout Pakistan last week (14 February) with a day of national mourning and public flagellation.
Thousands of devotees paid homage to Hussain and other martyrs of Kerbala by taking part in demonstrations and solemn processions.
In Karachi, the mourning reached its climax when an all-night vigil was kept by thousands of people. Many of the mourners cut their heads open with small daggers attached to chains. They also slashed their bodies with sharp curved swords. Sometimes, these acts of flagellation result in death for the devotees.
A number of social organisations set up first aid centres and ambulance vans around Karachi in case any devotees hurt themselves badly. As usual they did, but there were no reports of deaths.
SYNOPSIS: Millions of Muslims observed the centuries-old martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain in Pakistan last week with solemn and dramatic ceremonies throughout the country.
Crowds of people either watched or took part in the processions and public demonstrations of self-torture to commemorate the death of Hussain and his seventy-two companions.
Many of the Muslims beat themselves in public with small daggers and chains. They also slashed their heads with glass and curved swords. In past years, many such devotees have died. This year, first-aid centres set up for the ceremonies reported many injured but none dead. In some cases, they beat themselves for six hours.
The huge, almost silent, processions stretched for more than a mile in many parts of Pakistan.