On Thursday 20th September 2018, the 10th
Day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic Calendar (also
known as the Day of Ashura), Muslims and Christians, men, women
and children of all ages, marched through the streets of Mombasa
in a procession to mark the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam
Husayn (AS), the grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be
upon him and his progeny).
This procession was organized by the
Khoja Shia Ithna-asheri Muslim community of Mombasa.
The procession began from Jaffery
Islamic Centre and proceeded through Nyerere Avenue,
Digo Road and along Jomo Kenyatta Avenue before finally
coming to an end at the Khoja Shia Ithna-asheri cemetery
along Mwembe Tayari Road.
Other members of the Abrahamic faith
were also present in the march to show solidarity and
support enhancing the message of peace and love, as well
as portraying a universal cry against injustice and
Mahatma Ghandhi, the famous Indian
anti-colonial leader, once said, “The progress of
Islam does not depend on the use of the sword but on
the supreme sacrifice of Husayn.
“I learnt from Husayn how to achieve
victory whilst being oppressed.”
This, to put it succinctly, is why
Muslims all over the world commemorate the event of
Shia Muslims in a peaceful procession marking the 10th
day of Muharram, known as the day of Ashura. The somber
atmosphere is depicted in their black attire. Shia
Muslims commemorated the Martyrdom of Imam Husayn (AS),
the Grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon
him and his progeny).