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Nigerians mark Ashura

Danjuma Abdullahi
Press TV, Suleja

Hundreds of mourners marched through various streets, wearing black and reciting elegies in honor of Imam Hussein who along with dozens of his household members and loyal companions were martyred in Karbala, in present day Iraq.

The mourners here say this is a time for sorrow and self-reflection when one commits oneself completely to mourning. They say the mourning and the recollection of the tragic events at Karbala are intended to relate the mourners to the suffering and martyrdom of Imam Hussein.

The mourners also engaged in chest beating as the procession moved around the town in the hot tropical sun.

The mourners said Ashura not only signifies intense grief for Imam Hussein, but is also a motivation for resistance against injustice in the world.

Many of the mourners say they will continue the struggle to resist injustice, because as the well-known phrase goes, every day is Ashura, and every land is Karbala.

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