Kolkata: Display of swords in the name of Muharram is un-Islamic, so the Imams of West Bengal have urge Muslim devotees not to carry arms procession on this day.
A repeated controversy kept emerging with the Muharram issue often in Bengal.There was a controversy over Muharram and Durga Puja immersions. Recently Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also warned about this. But now, the Imams themselves have come up with the decision, so that the Muslims in the state doesn’t display swords in the name of ritual. Most of the Imams have said that there is no connection with Islam with such tradition.
According to the ‘Hindustan Times’ report, Trinamool Congress (TMC) has reached out to community leaders, asking them to urge Muslims to refrain from displaying weapons in processions on the 10th day of the first month of the Muslim calendar, Muharram. Some Shia Muslims self-flagellate with chains and swords in remembrance of the killing of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussain, in the Battle of Karbala (modern-day Iraq) in the 7th century. In many cases, arms are also seen in children’s hand. The practice has been discouraged in recent years with clerics urging people to donate blood instead.
“We have reached out to leaders of the community to ensure Muharram is observed in a way that does not hurt sentiments of members of other communities. We urge Muslims to shun the practice of carrying swords during processions not only because the practice has no sanction in Islam but also because such communal forces as BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) are trying to foment trouble around this practice,”said TMC MP Idris Ali.
Regarding the issue state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that, “We welcome the move. It marks a moral victory for us.”
Several influential Imams in the state have advised Muslims not to carry weapons on the 10th day of Muharram, which falls on September 21.
The Nakhoda mosque Imam Maulana Shafique Qasmi at an event on Wednesday said that, “Muharram is our mourning month. Please do not indulge in the display of sticks and swords during processions. These have nothing to do with Islam… Please do not do anything that strengthens the hands of the communal and divisive forces. ”Maulana Imdadul Rashidi, an imam from Asansol, called brandishing weapons during Muharram un-Islamic. Earlier, Rashidi had won praise for his appeal that calmed tension, this year when he urged for peace even after his son was killed in a communal clash.
Recently, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged in the administrative meeting in Jhargram, that a conspiracy was made to create a tension between the Durga Puja Committees and the Muharram committees in the state.