The Day Of

Ashura

Please join us for the live online program for the 17th Annual Ashura Procession in Sydney. The procession will not take place due to COVID-19 restrictions and instead will be an online event this

Sunday 30/8/2020 at 8-9:30am.

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شاركونا في برنامج يوم عاشوراء للمسيرة الحسينية السنوية (١٧) في مدينة سيدني والتي تقام هذه السنة على الانترنت بالبث المباشر فقط للظروف الصحية من الساعة ٨ الى ٩:٣٠ صباحا من يوم الاحد ٢٠٢٠/٨/٣٠ على موقعنا :
www.ashura.com.au
وسيكون البرنامج بعدة لغات ويتضمن مشاركة:
– الرادود الحسيني الشهير ملا جليل الكربلائي من قم المقدسة باللغة العربية
– الخطيب الحسيني الشهير الشيخ اسامة العطار من كندا باللغة الانكليزية
– الخطيب والرادود الحسيني المحامي ابراهيم الانصاري من لندن بريطانيا باللغة الانكليزية
– ومشاركات لعدة رواديد بلغات عدة من استراليا
– وحسن الختام كلمة لسماحة آية الله الشيخ محمد حسين الانصاري
شاركونا الثواب باعادة ارسال هذه الرسالة لكل الاخوة والاخوات وعظم الله اجوركم.

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FAQs

The Procession (13)

Why are you protesting?

This is not a protest! It is:

  • A peace walk
  • A Commemoration of a figure who was massacred along with his family for denying to submit to tyranny.
  • He asked to be exiled but instead they chose to massacre him.

Why are people beating their chests?

People are beating their chests at the procession because it is:

  • Cultural expressions of commemoration
  • A Parade of Commemoration where you can see how every culture expresses grief in different ways
  • Observe Afghani, Iraqi, Pakistani expressions for instance.
  • Commemoration of Ashura is a central Islamic event, expressions of grief vary across cultures.

Who is Hussain?

Imam Hussain was:

  • The Grandson of the Prophet Mohammad.
  • Denied to pay allegiance to the tyrant Umayyad Caliph at the time: Yazid who was falsefully killing and oppressing the innocents in the name of “Islam.”
  • He offered to be exiled but the Caliphate declined and he was encircled in Karbala and faced with a force of 30,000 who killed him along with his companions and all male members of the family including an infant child.
  • The rest of the women and children were humiliated, tortured and taken as captives for thousands of miles to the Palace of Yazid in Damascus.
  • Thus Imām Hussains stance was against terrorism as it existed then and as it has appeared again now.
  • Through this peace procession we strongly condemn and oppose any act of terror in Australia or elsewhere

What is Ashura?

Ashura is an annual day of morning on the 10th day of Muharram (the first month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar). It is an annual event which marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (the prophets grandson) in 680AD in Karbala Iraq, for refusing to submit to the tyranny of the Caliph at the time Yazid.

Why do we remember Imam Hussain (as) through a ‘Procession’?

We remember Imam Hussain (as) through the often practiced medium of a procession because it is an effective means to spread awareness about Imam Hussain (as), his cause and his sacrifice for mankind. The movement of people in a coordinated and synchronised manner attracts the attention of any onlookers because it gives the impression that something is happening, something that cannot be achieved by simply standing in one spot. We want onlookers to question what that something is and in doing so whet their appetite for why we are holding the procession. The Ashura Procession comprising of thousands of people from various ethnic backgrounds all wearing black adds to the curiosity in people’s minds as to what is going on and why.

Holding a public assembly (as has been suggested by many) is definitely one way of remembering the tragedy of Karbala, but taking it a step further and holding a procession is a more effective way of spreading awareness to the community at large. In holding and participating in the procession attendees are mirroring an honoured tradition of walking from one’s home to Karbala on the day of Ashura. This is a way for people in the community to connect to Imam Hussain’s (as) sister, Sayedda Zainab (as), feel her pain and remember her long journey as a captive from Karbala to Damascus.

Finally, on this point it is worthwhile to consider that the notion of a procession is not exclusive to those who practice Ashura Processions, it has been utilised as a powerful tool by countless groups around the world – consider the various military, ethnic, social, political, special interest groups, minority groups, sporting and ceremonial events. In these instances we see people walking as a collective for a cause they believe in and celebrate/commemorate while promoting awareness and knowledge to the wider community – the Ashura Procession is no different.

Why is the procession done on or around the day of Ashura?

The Ashura Procession aims to unite people from various backgrounds to spread the message of Imam Hussain (as), the message which reached its zenith on the day of Ashura. This day (Ashura) has a special significance to millions across the globe, it has become the day that everyone reignites and spreads the message of Karbala and Imam Hussain (as). That is why the procession is held on the day of Ashura. It is held in the morning as opposed to in the afternoon primarily because Imam Hussain (as) was martyred just after afternoon prayers.

Why does the procession occur some years on the day of Ashura and others one day before or after the day of Ashura?

While our intention is to have the procession on the day of Ashura, it may not always work out based on constraints imposed on the procession. There have been many reasons over the years for this. In accordance with local, state and federal laws we must notify all relevant authorities about the details of our Procession and this can often mean that we are at their mercy. Such authorities may place limitations on us in many ways. Our intention is to work with all authorities to achieve the best outcome for the procession and meet all our aims and objections.

Another reason is that due to the nature of the Islamic Calendar (a lunar based system) there occurs uncertainty as to the exact Gregorian date of the 10th day of Ashura, and that can cause some time constraints. A Procession of this magnitude takes months to prepare, yet we may only know the date for certain 10 days before it occurs.

Why is the procession held in the city rather than in the suburbs?

The Sydney CBD is a central place in the heart of one of the biggest cities in Australia. One of our objectives in this Procession is the dissemination of the message of Imam Hussain (as). An effective way to achieve this objective is to hold our Procession in an area that will cause the greatest impact to the wider community, and grab the attention of the entire city, if not the world, especially where tourists and the media are concerned.

How is the message of Imam Hussain (as) spread through the procession?

There are several ways the message is spread:

  • Flyers that discuss the message of Imam Hussain (as) are handed out to onlookers
  • Attendees often converse with onlookers to discuss why the procession is held, and answer any questions the public have
  • Media are invited and a media statement is distributed to each and every media outlet via fax/email
  • Interviews are conducted before, during and after the procession with media – whether it be radio, TV, online or newspapers.
  • Several banners are displayed during the procession, with the main banner carrying the overarching message we intend to communicate
  • A speech is made at the conclusion of the procession in English to further spread the message to the wider public
  • We refer people to our website for further information – www.ashura.com.au and encourage the wider public to subsbcribe to our facebook page as well http://www.facebook.com/ashuraaustralia

How many mosques, centres or associations are invited to help plan the Ashura procession?

We encourage any and all Shia mosques, centres or associations to participate in helping to plan the Ashura Procession. We have, are and will continue to run the Ashura Procession with an open door policy – anyone from any centre, mosque, ethnicity, denomination, background, and religion is invited to take part in helping to plan and run the Ashura Procession.

What language are the processions run in?

The most common language used is English. Most things including our chants are in English, the speech, the brochures and banners.  While the main strength of the Procession is its visual boldness, the main message is relayed and can be read in English.

While we do have chants in Arabic, English and Urdo, non-English aspects are small in number and generally won’t be heard by the masses. The ultimate aim is also to spread the message, which is why we need to focus on English, the official language of Australia.

Do chants get out of control during the procession?

We use synchronised chants and main speakers in order to partially control the audibility, tone and content of our chants. The Police have always said that our Procession is safe, secure and well organised. They further add that it is the most peaceful Procession that they oversee.

We embrace the diversity of the participants of the procession who span a plethora of rich ethnic backgrounds and cultures. Multi-cultural gathering and people have slight variation in how they practice the remembrance. The majority of the chanting is soft and synchronised. Chest beating will leave memory and will raise questions in people’s minds as to why they do this. This cultural expression of emotion leaves a lasting and deep impression in people’s minds.

Our marshals, all of whom receive training, are co-ordinated so as to maintain peace and order within the crowd. All our marshals wear safety vests and have set tasks to perform. There is a code of conduct and a great amount of training for each group.

Why are ladies doing procession at the front?

Ladies are at front primarily because we want to show Australia and the world that we hold women in high regard in our families, homes, community and society. They are our sisters, mothers, friends, colleagues. The status of women in Islam and especially during the events of Karbala is best symbolised by having the ladies in front of the procession, leading the procession.

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What is

Ashura?

What is Ashura?

Ashura is an annual day of morning on the 10th day of Muharram (the first month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar). It is an annual event which marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (the... Read More.

What is Ashura?

Ashura is an annual day of morning on the 10th day of Muharram (the first month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar). It is an annual event which marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (the prophets grandson) in 680AD in Karbala Iraq, for refusing to submit to the tyranny of the Caliph at the time Yazid.

The portrait of Karbala started from a piece of land on the outskirts of a very large desert. A person by the name of Hussein was isolated in an open field in this desert. He was with his family and companions (whom did not muster even 70). On the other side stood an army that has been sent to fight him from various regions in the area reaching in excess of 30,000 soldiers (based on even the weakest of narrations).

At one place on the field lie many palm trees and behind them a small river called the Al Alqami River, which branched from the Euphrates River. This place was where the animals quenched their thirst, the plants sourced their nutrients and humans got their sustenance that God has provided as a gift.

This large army prohibited Hussein’s camp from drinking water after he was asked to choose between submitting to the rule of a thoughtless tyrant named Yazeed. Yazid knew nothing about Islam except the name of the religion. So Hussain made a choice. He chooses to die beloved and strong rather than being killed whilst weak and humiliated. He chose to be killed and cut into pieces to show to all mankind that this tyrant (Yazeed) who ruled the people and who’s followers were not Muslims and the path they follow is not related to Islam at all. He chose to be killed so that the pure Islam would last in perpetuity with his martyrdom, as the honored Prophet Mohamed stated:

“Hussein is from me and I am from Hussein”

Hussain and his companions have become eternal in front of the face of time. One would say how? The incident has occurred more than 1360 years ago so how are the personalities of the story still present with us today?

Its simple.

Look around you and witness the elements of righteousness and the elements of oppression. You will find that the light (of righteousness) is ever so bright where as the darkness (of oppression) is dark, despite the passing of time and other changes.

About Imam Hussain

Who is Imam Hussain (a.s)? The Son of Fatima Al Zahra, daughter of the Prophet of Islam, Mohammed Ibn Abdullah The Son of Ali Ibn Abu Talib, the leader of the Faithful, the... Read More.

About Imam Hussain

Who is Imam Hussain (a.s)?

  1. The Son of Fatima Al Zahra, daughter of the Prophet of Islam, Mohammed Ibn Abdullah
  2. The Son of Ali Ibn Abu Talib, the leader of the Faithful, the first believer in Islam, the bravest in God’s path, the most just in his judgements and the fairest with his people
  3. Many Quranic verses have been revealed to praise, tribute and describe his illustrious status
  4. The Prophet of Allah has showed his sincere love to him and his brother Imam Hassan in many events
  5. Many narrations from the Prophet about him and his brother Hassan have illuminated their status in this world and the hereafter
  6. Loving him has been made a compulsory deed in God’s religion, as Allah said:

    “Say (O Mohammed, unto mankind): I ask you no fee therefore except loving kindness towards my kinsfolk {42:23 Holy Qur’an}

  7. Because Hussein is of the Prophet’s progeny, saluting him 9 times every day and night is compulsory upon every Muslim, which is the number of times we salute Mohammed in our daily prayers.

The tragedy of Hussain (a.s)

Despite the great personality that Hussein was, the tragedy that followed is incomparable to any other throughout human history.  A brief summary of the tragedy goes as follows:

  • He and his family, children and companions were prohibited from drinking water.
  • His tents were burnt
  • His children were killed, including his infant child when he was taken to get some water after his mum was empty of breast milk due to the lack of water. A welter occurred in the enemy’s army; some thought he should be given some water whilst others said that none should be spared in the household of Hussein. The argument was only ended by an arrow coming from the army, piercing the infant child and ending his short life.
  • They killed all his companions and sons
  • That was not enough for them, so they darted him with stones, arrows and spears. They attacked him with swords until he fell down on the ground from the top of his horse. Despite him being the son of the Holy Prophets daughter, one person dared to sit on his chest, and cut off his head.
  • His head was cut in front of many people who were claiming to be Muslims
  • When his head was carried on the top of a long spear, all of them said “Allahu Akbar” Allah is the greatest (note how similar today is to the days which have passed)
  • His holy body was then trampled on with the horses of the enemy’s army
  • What was worse was the way in which the remaining women and children were treated when they were taken captive as prisoners from one city to another.
  • If there was no fear of public revolt, Yazeed and his army would have committed even more crimes.

How Hussein treated his enemies

This is a lesson that every human can take from this great personality.

On top of all which has been mentioned about Hussein, the opposing army also saw the greatness of Hussein themselves.

Hussein knew the intentions of the army of 1,000 knights who had come in the night to kill him. They had acquired such a thirst from marching through the desert to kill him, that by the time they met Hussein on his way to Iraq from Arabia, they were exhausted. How did he treat them?

He gave them and their horses water to drink with his own holy hands.

1300 years ago, it was Hussein who put his cheek on the cheek of his black servant while he was dying in the same way that he put his cheek on the cheek of his son Ali Al Akbar when he was dying.

 

Perceptions about Imam Hussain

Various theologians, politicians and others have discovered the greatness of Hussein and his revolution: Ghandi “I learnt from Hussein how to be oppressed yet victorious” "When ... Read More.

Perceptions about Imam Hussain

Various theologians, politicians and others have discovered the greatness of Hussein and his revolution:

Ghandi

“I learnt from Hussein how to be oppressed yet victorious”

“When called upon to surrender, they refused. They knew at the time that this would mean death for them. If, however, they were to submit to injustices they would disgrace their manhood and betray their religion. In these circumstances, they yielded to the embrace of death. The heads of these fine young men rolled on the battlefield. In my view, Islam did not attain its greatness by the power of the sword but entirely through the self-immolation of its fakirs.”

 

Charles Dickens

“ If Husain had fought to quench his worldly desires, then I do not understand why his sister, wife, and children accompanied him. It stands to reason therefore, that he sacrificed purely for Islam ” , “Charles Dickens’ Miscellanies”, p.61.

 

Peter J. Chelkowski: Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, New York University

“Hussein accepted and set out from Mecca with his family and an entourage of about seventy followers. But on the plain of Kerbela they were caught in an ambush set by the … caliph, Yazid. Though defeat was certain, Hussein refused to pay homage to him. Surrounded by a great enemy force, Hussein and his company existed without water for ten days in the burning desert of Kerbela. Finally Hussein, the adults and some male children of his family and companions were cut to bits by the arrows and swords of Yazid’s army; his women and remaining chilfren were taken as captives to Yazid in Damascus. The renowned historian Abu Reyhan al-Biruni states; “…then fire was set to their camp and the bodies were trampled by the hoofs of the horses; nobody in the history of the human kind has seen such atrocities.”” [Ta’ziyeh: Ritual and Drama in Iran. New York, 1979, p. 2].

The

Procession

About The

Procession

The Annual Ashura Procession Australia is a procession held every year, since 2004, to remember and promote Imam Hussain and his legacy... Continue Reading.

Aims of The

Procession

- To reflect and announce the legacy of Imam Hussain.
- To promote Imam Mahdi’s message of world peace and harmony.
- To unite people from various... Continue Reading.

Guiding Principles

Procession

The Annual Ashura Procession in Australia is guided by the following principles:

Religious supervision is under His Eminence Ayatollah Sheikh Mohammad Hussein Al-Ansari.
Our intentions are only to get closer to Allah... Continue Reading.

About the Procession

The Annual Ashura Procession Australia is a procession held every year, since 2004, to remember and promote Imam Hussain and his legacy. The various guides and aims of the event are stated in the sub-headings below. Through his reform, Imam Hussain paved the path for human unity by helping those who were oppressed. The process of bringing people together to remember him in turn fulfils this great vision.

Aims of the Procession

  1. To reflect and announce the legacy of Imam Hussain.
  2. To promote Imam Mahdi’s message of world peace and harmony.
  3. To unite people from various regions and background.
  4. To reject any act of terror in Australia or elsewhere.

Guiding Principles

The Annual Ashura Procession in Australia is guided by the following principles:

  1. Religious supervision is under His Eminence Ayatollah Sheikh Mohammad Hussein Al-Ansari.
  2. Our intentions are only to get closer to Allah, remember and promote the cause of Imam Hussain (as)
  3. We will not promote in any way the name or cause of any individual, political party, mosque, centre, organisation, business, association etc except Imam Hussain (as).
  4. We will not work to make a profit, but any donations people may provide shall be spent in the organisation and promotion of the Annual Ashura Procession.
  5. Anyone is welcome to join committee meetings from any mosque, centre, association, group or representing themselves individually (all Shia centres have been invited and will be invited every year).
  6. All those involved in organising, participating or promoting the Annual Ashura Procession agree to act within the Australian law and the ethics of our religion as well as cooperate with organisers and authorities on the day

FAQ’s

Why are you protesting?

This is not a protest! It is:

  • A peace walk
  • A Commemoration of a figure who was massacred along with his family for denying to submit to tyranny.
  • He asked to be exiled but instead they chose to massacre him.

Why are people beating their chests?

People are beating their chests at the procession because it is:

  • Cultural expressions of commemoration
  • A Parade of Commemoration where you can see how every culture expresses grief in different ways
  • Observe Afghani, Iraqi, Pakistani expressions for instance.
  • Commemoration of Ashura is a central Islamic event, expressions of grief vary across cultures.

Who is Hussain?

Imam Hussain was:

  • The Grandson of the Prophet Mohammad.
  • Denied to pay allegiance to the tyrant Umayyad Caliph at the time: Yazid who was falsefully killing and oppressing the innocents in the name of “Islam.”
  • He offered to be exiled but the Caliphate declined and he was encircled in Karbala and faced with a force of 30,000 who killed him along with his companions and all male members of the family including an infant child.
  • The rest of the women and children were humiliated, tortured and taken as captives for thousands of miles to the Palace of Yazid in Damascus.
  • Thus Imām Hussains stance was against terrorism as it existed then and as it has appeared again now.
  • Through this peace procession we strongly condemn and oppose any act of terror in Australia or elsewhere

What is Ashura?

Ashura is an annual day of morning on the 10th day of Muharram (the first month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar). It is an annual event which marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (the prophets grandson) in 680AD in Karbala Iraq, for refusing to submit to the tyranny of the Caliph at the time Yazid.

Why do we remember Imam Hussain (as) through a ‘Procession’?

We remember Imam Hussain (as) through the often practiced medium of a procession because it is an effective means to spread awareness about Imam Hussain (as), his cause and his sacrifice for mankind. The movement of people in a coordinated and synchronised manner attracts the attention of any onlookers because it gives the impression that something is happening, something that cannot be achieved by simply standing in one spot. We want onlookers to question what that something is and in doing so whet their appetite for why we are holding the procession. The Ashura Procession comprising of thousands of people from various ethnic backgrounds all wearing black adds to the curiosity in people’s minds as to what is going on and why.

Holding a public assembly (as has been suggested by many) is definitely one way of remembering the tragedy of Karbala, but taking it a step further and holding a procession is a more effective way of spreading awareness to the community at large. In holding and participating in the procession attendees are mirroring an honoured tradition of walking from one’s home to Karbala on the day of Ashura. This is a way for people in the community to connect to Imam Hussain’s (as) sister, Sayedda Zainab (as), feel her pain and remember her long journey as a captive from Karbala to Damascus.

Finally, on this point it is worthwhile to consider that the notion of a procession is not exclusive to those who practice Ashura Processions, it has been utilised as a powerful tool by countless groups around the world – consider the various military, ethnic, social, political, special interest groups, minority groups, sporting and ceremonial events. In these instances we see people walking as a collective for a cause they believe in and celebrate/commemorate while promoting awareness and knowledge to the wider community – the Ashura Procession is no different.

Why is the procession done on or around the day of Ashura?

The Ashura Procession aims to unite people from various backgrounds to spread the message of Imam Hussain (as), the message which reached its zenith on the day of Ashura. This day (Ashura) has a special significance to millions across the globe, it has become the day that everyone reignites and spreads the message of Karbala and Imam Hussain (as). That is why the procession is held on the day of Ashura. It is held in the morning as opposed to in the afternoon primarily because Imam Hussain (as) was martyred just after afternoon prayers.

Why does the procession occur some years on the day of Ashura and others one day before or after the day of Ashura?

While our intention is to have the procession on the day of Ashura, it may not always work out based on constraints imposed on the procession. There have been many reasons over the years for this. In accordance with local, state and federal laws we must notify all relevant authorities about the details of our Procession and this can often mean that we are at their mercy. Such authorities may place limitations on us in many ways. Our intention is to work with all authorities to achieve the best outcome for the procession and meet all our aims and objections.

Another reason is that due to the nature of the Islamic Calendar (a lunar based system) there occurs uncertainty as to the exact Gregorian date of the 10th day of Ashura, and that can cause some time constraints. A Procession of this magnitude takes months to prepare, yet we may only know the date for certain 10 days before it occurs.

Why is the procession held in the city rather than in the suburbs?

The Sydney CBD is a central place in the heart of one of the biggest cities in Australia. One of our objectives in this Procession is the dissemination of the message of Imam Hussain (as). An effective way to achieve this objective is to hold our Procession in an area that will cause the greatest impact to the wider community, and grab the attention of the entire city, if not the world, especially where tourists and the media are concerned.

How is the message of Imam Hussain (as) spread through the procession?

There are several ways the message is spread:

  • Flyers that discuss the message of Imam Hussain (as) are handed out to onlookers
  • Attendees often converse with onlookers to discuss why the procession is held, and answer any questions the public have
  • Media are invited and a media statement is distributed to each and every media outlet via fax/email
  • Interviews are conducted before, during and after the procession with media – whether it be radio, TV, online or newspapers.
  • Several banners are displayed during the procession, with the main banner carrying the overarching message we intend to communicate
  • A speech is made at the conclusion of the procession in English to further spread the message to the wider public
  • We refer people to our website for further information – www.ashura.com.au and encourage the wider public to subsbcribe to our facebook page as well http://www.facebook.com/ashuraaustralia

How many mosques, centres or associations are invited to help plan the Ashura procession?

We encourage any and all Shia mosques, centres or associations to participate in helping to plan the Ashura Procession. We have, are and will continue to run the Ashura Procession with an open door policy – anyone from any centre, mosque, ethnicity, denomination, background, and religion is invited to take part in helping to plan and run the Ashura Procession.

What language are the processions run in?

The most common language used is English. Most things including our chants are in English, the speech, the brochures and banners.  While the main strength of the Procession is its visual boldness, the main message is relayed and can be read in English.

While we do have chants in Arabic, English and Urdo, non-English aspects are small in number and generally won’t be heard by the masses. The ultimate aim is also to spread the message, which is why we need to focus on English, the official language of Australia.

Do chants get out of control during the procession?

We use synchronised chants and main speakers in order to partially control the audibility, tone and content of our chants. The Police have always said that our Procession is safe, secure and well organised. They further add that it is the most peaceful Procession that they oversee.

We embrace the diversity of the participants of the procession who span a plethora of rich ethnic backgrounds and cultures. Multi-cultural gathering and people have slight variation in how they practice the remembrance. The majority of the chanting is soft and synchronised. Chest beating will leave memory and will raise questions in people’s minds as to why they do this. This cultural expression of emotion leaves a lasting and deep impression in people’s minds.

Our marshals, all of whom receive training, are co-ordinated so as to maintain peace and order within the crowd. All our marshals wear safety vests and have set tasks to perform. There is a code of conduct and a great amount of training for each group.

Why are ladies doing procession at the front?

Ladies are at front primarily because we want to show Australia and the world that we hold women in high regard in our families, homes, community and society. They are our sisters, mothers, friends, colleagues. The status of women in Islam and especially during the events of Karbala is best symbolised by having the ladies in front of the procession, leading the procession.

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      Ashura 2020

      ANNUAL ASHURA PROCESSION IN SYDNEY

      In the name of Allah, the most compassionate, the most merciful
      Peace be upon Mohammad and the Progeny of Mohammad
      Peace be upon you O Aba Abdullah, Labayka ya Hussain
      “To God, we belong and to Him we shall return”

      Given the current global pandemic that the whole world is facing, we all have a duty of care to safeguard our health and preserve public safety. This, while adhering to law and upholding order in accordance with the guidelines of our great Religious Authorities (Marajea) and honoring the dignity of Imam Hussein (as) and respecting the rituals of the sacred Muharram.

      As a result, the Ashura Procession in Sydney will take the form of remembrance starting in our homes and traversing East and West. As we have done for the last 17 years, everyone in our community across Australia is invited to participate in this annual commemoration.

      We will all be joined with the voices of some of our preachers from various countries in multiple languages. All our brothers and sisters of all ages are invited to join us in this online program from the early hours of Ashura Day, 1442H. Sunday, August 30th, 2020.

      The program will be in several languages and includes the participation of:
      - The famous Reciter Mulla Jalil Al-Karbalai from the holy city of Qom in Arabic
      - The renowned Preacher, Sheikh Ussama Al-Attar from Canada, in English
      - The Preacher and Reciter Brother Ibrahim Al-Ansari, from London, UK, in English
      - Reciters in multiple languages from Australia

      The blessed conclusion will be a speech from His Eminence Ayatollah Sheikh Mohammad Hussein Al-Ansari.
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      17th Annual Ashura Procession in Sydney
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