Syed Ali Safvi
Press TV, Indian-controlled Kashmir
The martyrdom anniversary of the first Shia Imam, Ali ibn Abi Talib - the cousin and son in law of the Prophet of Islam - was observed across the world with tremendous religious fervor. Mourners in Indian-controlled Kashmir held processions to pay tribute to one of the most revered figures of Islam and the intimate associate of the Holy Prophet.
The speakers highlighted the lofty character of the Holy Imam and recalled his immense contribution to Islam. The participants said the entire life of Imam Ali is an example not only for Muslims but for the humanity at large. They praised Imam Ali for his unwavering loyalty to the Holy Prophet and the cause of Islam and Islamic unity. They said the Imam selflessly relinquished his right for the sake of unity of Muslims and to safeguard the principles of Islam.
The speakers said throughout his life, Imam Ali promoted the divine mission of the Holy Prophet and established a society based on justice, liberty and equality that serves an example for all the nations even to this day.
The participants also denounced the recent terrorist attacks in Afghanistan against a school and mosque, killing dozens belonging to a particular ideology. They termed the attacks as handiwork of enemies of Islam, which were carried out by those who want to stoke the flames of sectarianism and defile the spirit of Islam.
Born in the sacred sanctuary of Kaaba, Imam Ali was fatally wounded in the Great Mosque of Kufa by the sword soaked in poison while saying his predawn prayers on the 19th day of Ramadan. Two days later, he breathed his last, leaving his followers and admirers in sobs.
The participants hailed Imam Ali as supreme example of social justice the world has ever seen. They urged people to follow in his footsteps to ensure peace and stability as well as promote unity among Muslims.