Jammu & Kashmir

Muharram procession held from 6am to 8am in Srinagar

Kashmiri Shia Muslims wave religious flags as they take part in an eighth Muharram procession on July 28, allowed for morning two hours by JK Admin. [FPK Photo/ Zainab]

Srinagar: Shia mourners hit the traditional routes of Srinagar as the 8th Muharram procession was allowed for two hours this morning, first time after three decades.

Amid praises for Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), thumping their chests and recitation of praises for Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), the historic procession started from Guru Bazar area of the city that passed through Budshah Chowk to M A Road and then Dalgate peacefully.

The administration has fixed 6 am to 8 am timing for the mourners to pass through the traditional routes.

Mourners from different parts of Kashmir while walking peacefully through the streets of Srinagar were seen beating chests, holding tall flags (Alams) of Hazrat Imam Hussain(AS) and chanting of praises and Nouhas in favour of grand son of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

“We are grateful to JK administration for allowing us to take out procession after such a long gap. This is indeed a pleasure and a great moment for us,” said a mourner Altaf Hussain. He said Muharram gives a reminder to every Muslim to follow the footsteps of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and to follow into his footsteps

Talking to KNO, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) said a security review meeting was held in Srinagar yesterday in which it was decided to allow the procession through traditional routes. “Officers and men were deployed on roads at 2 am to ensure peaceful conduct of the procession. And so far, the procession is going on peacefully,” he said.

Present on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Muhammad Aijaz Asad said that it was after over three decades that Muharram procession was allowed. “I would say this is one of the peace dividends,” he said, adding that mourners have cooperated and so has the administration.

SMC Mayor Junaid Azim Matoo said that it’s a display of faith after a long time on the streets of Srinagar and he thanked the administration for the historic decision. “Mourners are walking peacefully and I hope restrictions will be lifted on Muharram 10th also known as Ashura,” he said.

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