Moharram ul Haram and terrorism

1946

Moharram is the first month of Hijri calendar. In this month the huge tragedy of “Karbala” and “Shahadat-e-Imam Hussain” had happened. Muslims all over the world revere this month and offer special prayers. On 10th of Moharram congregations are observed across the globe. In Pakistan, the Shia sect start observing congregations from 8th of Moharram and the rituals continue till the night of 10th Moharram.
After 2008 war on terror was launched which accompanied suicidal and bomb attacks in the country. Terrorists used to attack Moharram congregations, Masajid, Imam Bargahs and shrines. The continuous killing of Shia and Sunni scholars is the evidence to the intrigues of terrorists and hostile elements. These elements wanted sectarian riots and killing of public.
Writing more! By the grace of Allah, in our country there is no such environment created. Pakistani religious scholars always show hospitality for other sects. Pakistani scholars always try to create harmony amongst all sects. Hundreds of religious scholars have signed a Fatwa last year which is written to promote peace and religious harmony across the country. Fatwa named “Paigham-e-Pakistan” is not merely a document. It shows sentiments and intentional efforts of Pakistani scholars towards peace. Fatwa outlawed hate speech, discrimination among different sects.
Concluding more! Hostile anti-state elements and terrorists may take advantage of Moharram congregations. As there will be larger gathering of public and scholars, they can conduct terrorist attacks. It is now responsibility of both religious scholars and public to work for peace promotion, especially, Ulema should avoid sectarian discussion.
MAEMUNA SADAF
Islamabad