“The night of sacrifices- Muharram”
Photostory by- Devesh Singh, Shaad Midhat, Sarah Rifai
Not all festivals are about celebration, some are a remembrance of martyrdom and grief. One such festival is ‘Muharram’.
Technically, Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and one of the four sacred months of the year. The day which is associated with ‘mourning’ is the tenth day of Muharram also called ‘The day of Ashura’.
Muharram is observed as a month which martyred Imam Hussein in the Battle of Karbala. He was also a descendent of Prophet Mohammad.
The ‘Battle of Karbala’ was fought in Kufa, Iraq in which Imam Hussein was beheaded and his family was executed by the army of ‘Yazid’ ruler. The surviving members of Imam Hussein’s family and those of his followers were taken captive, marched to Damascus, and imprisoned there.
This battle continued for ten days. On the 10th day of Muharram, this battle ended with the execution of 72 followers and family members of Imam Hussain.
To observe this mourning ceremony of Muharram, every year Shia muslim conduct different religious practices like majalis, juloos, shame-e-gariba and more.
One of the ceremony called ‘Aag ka matam’ is celebrated on the 8th day of muharram by Shia muslims all over the world.
Here is the photostory which gives you glimpse of this ceremony called ‘Aag ka matam’ captured in the city of Lucknow.