Majalis commence across the country as Muharram begins

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Believers across the country prepare for the start of new Islamic year, the 1441 Al Hijra calendar, with traditional religious solemnity and fervor after the moon of the holy month of Muharram was sighted on Saturday evening.
The Shia community was busy at hectic preparations for observing the 10-day mourning with traditional religious zeal and solemnity, in connection with the Karbala tragedy and the martyrdom of the companions and family of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), the grandson of Holy Prophet (SAW) in 61 AH, some 14 centuries ago.
Shia ulema and Zakerin have a busy schedule for the next ten days with a number of Majalis-e-Aza and mourning processions across the country to commemorate the grand sacrifice at Karbala.
The mourning activities will begin on Monday with a traditional procession from Imambargah Mohallah Shi’an inside Mochi Gate.
The procession will be participated in mostly by children who march to various other imambargahs inside the Walled City before culminating from where they had started.
General security in the country has been beefed up with tough protective measures for the mourning processions and majalis in view of the growing terrorism incidents across the country over the last decade.
The government is set to adopt historic security measures like a ban on pillion riding and even on mobile phones services etc., following the examples set by the previous government to ensure security for processions, especially on the 9th and 10th of Moharram.—INP