The holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hossain Ibn Ali (RA), a grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), will be observed across the country today with due religious solemnity, reports BSS.
Today is the 10th day of the month of Muharram in Hijri calendar-1445. This day is well-known as the Holy Ashura.
Muslims across the world recall the sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA) along with his family members
and 72 followers, who embraced martyrdom in 680 AD in the desert of Karbala on the banks of the Euphrates River in Iraq while fighting for truth and justice against the Yazid forces.
Their self-sacrifice at Karbala Maidan to uphold the great ideals of Islam, the religion of peace and harmony, is a shining example in the history of humanity.
On the eve of the holy Ashura, President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today issued separate messages, paying deep respect to Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA) and other martyrs of Karbala.
Noting that the Holy Ashura is a significant and mourning day for the entire Muslim Ummah, the President said the eternal words of the sacred Ashura, burning in the memory of the tragic events of Karbala, inspires the Muslims to speak out against injustice and oppression and also inspire them to follow the path of truth and beauty.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, termed the holy Ashura as a very mournful, significant and glorious day.
She said all have to uphold the day's significance in their hearts and participate in public welfare work from their respective positions in establishing truth and justice in the national life and build a non-discriminatory, happy, prosperous and peaceful 'Sonar Bangladesh' and also the 'Smart Bangladesh' envisioned by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Referring to the ongoing dengue situation which has emerged after the COVID-19 pandemic, the premier said the government has taken necessary measures to prevent the dengue situation.
We continue to provide all assistance to the people. Almighty Allah tests people's patience in adversity, she said, adding that at this time, everyone should help each other with their tolerant and sympathetic spirit and infinite patience.
The premier urged all to observe the holy Ashura maintaining proper health rules and offer special doa so that the Almighty Allah help get rid of this dengue situation.
Police have taken special security measures in the capital Dhaka on the occasion.
The day is a public holiday.
Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and private TV channels will air special programmes while newspapers and online news portals publish supplements highlighting the significance of the day.
On the occasion, special prayer and discussions highlighting the significance of Holy Ashura' are expected to hold at mosques other places concerned in the country.
Islamic Foundation will organise a doa mahfil and discussion on 'Importance and Significance of Holy Ashura' at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque at 1.30pm today.