Muslims mark Ashura in London - 16Dec2010 - English

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They cried and beat their chests in mourning for the loss of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson. Hussein was killed in 680 AD along with his supporters by the army of the caliph Yazid in the Iraqi city of Karbala. And ever since, Shia Muslims especially have commemorated the event by reliving the pain and sorrow endured by Hussain and his family. The congregation was told that the events of Karbala are still relevant today in 21st century Britain. And they were reminded that Imam Hussain sacrificed his own life in the cause of justice. Later, a well attended march was held in central London, despite it being the middle of the working week and the miserable weather. As you can see behind me thousands of Shia Muslims are marching through central London to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, the Prophet Muhammad's grandson. And according to them, the message of this day is the duty of all Muslims to stand up against tyranny and oppression. The marchers told me that the message of Ashura is particularly relevant in a world where Muslims are still being oppressed. And where sectarianism is being promoted by some parties. They vowed to learn the lessons from this momentous day and to implement them in their lives.

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