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Holy Ashura today   
Staff Correspondent
Published :Saturday, 24 October, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 22
The Holy Ashura, the symbol of sacrifice and mourning for the Muslims, will be observed today across the country as elsewhere in the Islamic world with due sanctity and religious fervour.
Today is government holiday.
The day is being observed in the Muslim World on the 10th day of the holy month of Muharram of the Islamic calendar commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain Ibn Ali (RA), a grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), in the battle of Karbala.  
In the historic battle, Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) along with his 72 followers was martyred by the
soldiers of Yazid at Karbala in Hijri 61 while fighting for establishing truth in society.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the eve of the Holy Ashura, paying deep respects to Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA) and other martyrs of Karbala.
In his message, the President said the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA) and his companions in Karbala for upholding the ideals of Islam, the religion of peace and tranquility, is a glorious event in the history of the Muslims.
The President called upon the Muslim Ummah to build an equitable and just society imbued with the message of the Holy Ashura.
In her message, the Prime Minister urged all to be imbued with the teachings of Holy Ashura to establish truth and justice in all spheres to combat all kinds of injustice in the national life.
Today is the last day of the three-day programmes taken by the Shia Muslims of the country that included Tazia (mourning) processions, fastings, congregations and other religious rituals.
As per the day's programme, processions will be brought out from Baro Katra, Hossaine Dalan, Mohammadpur, Mirpur and other places.  Parading the important city streets, all processions will finally end at Jhikatola Lake that is known as Karbala square.
Meanwhile, the law enforcing agencies have taken massive security arrangements to maintain communal harmony and amity among various groups as the day conceded with the immersion of the idols and Durga and Tazia procession of Muharram besides being a Friday, the day of Juma prayer.   
"Some 6,803 policemen have been deployed for ensuring security of Puja Mandaps while 2,500 others for Tazia processions on the day of Holy Ashura in the capital. Plainclothesmen have also be posted alongside the uniformed one, DMP sources said.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) also urged the city dwellers to help the law enforcement agencies through providing information regarding any possible subversive or criminal activities so that they can take instant actions in this regard.
 Besides, CCTVs have been installed in all important Puja Mandaps as part of the security measures, while the entire city streets including the roads to be used by the Tazia marchers have already been brought under CCTV coverage, the sources said.

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