As the world marked the 10th day of the first month of the Islamic Calendar, also known as Ashura day, a group of enthusiastic youth started a unique campaign, ‘Who is Hussain’.
This small band distributed around 5000 water bottles on the streets of Mumbai to the locals, irrespective of religion. Messages by great personalities including those of Gandhiji, Nehru, Gibbon, Rabindranath Tagore and Carlyle for Imam Hussain were imprinted on these water bottles in bold letters. Also, these bottles included the message of Imam Hussain for Humanity.
Different spots between Dahisar Toll Naka and Bandra Kala Nagar signal were chosen to fulfill the task that was accomplished by around two dozen students. “Actually, the people are anxious to know, why we people mourn over Imam Hussain and his small band of the faithful companions. We planned to inform them Who is Hussain’, says Farazdaq Rizvi, a local convener of the programme.
“Program was the part of an international campaign”, he says. Also he claimed that such events are to be carried in other cities too.
Muslims around the world commemorate day of Ashura for the sacrifice made by Imam Hussain, the beloved grandson of Prophet Muhammad and his companions. This band of believers not more than 72 was brutally killed in the battle of Karbala by the forces deputed by Yezid ibn Muavia, the then ruler some 13 centuries ago.
It is said that when he failed in negotiations with the ruling party, he expressed the wish to move towards India. Although Imam Hussain failed to reach India, his message prevails. Thousands of Indian, including Hindus commemorates his death with total devotion in different parts of the country.