A number of events were organized during the month of Muharram in memory of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein that included the 12th Sydney Ashura Walk and Imam Husain Peace Conference 2015.
The Ashura Walk from Hyde Park to the Royal Botanical Gardens by almost 5000 people was held on Saturday 24 October commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad (s) on 10 Muharram 61 AH, 680 CE in the city of Kerbala (in today’s Iraq).
The procession came together with mourners from different Muslim communities many wearing black carrying red flags and green banners chanting poetry against all forms of oppression. What was being promoted by this Ashura Walk is Imam Hussein’s stand for justice against suppression of freedom and terrorism.
Police guided the procession through traffic and everything went smoothly in full cooperation with the authorities peacefully.
Imam Hussein Peace Conference 2015 was held on 25 October commemorating Imam Hussein’s sacrifice and reiterating his message of stand for self-respect and righteousness.
This was organized by the Panjatan Welfare Association and Pakistan Australia Association and held at Wentworthville Community Centre, Sydney.
Speakers from different communities represented by a Christian reverend, Hindu solicitor, Sikh priest, poets and scholars came together to talk about how Imam Hussein unites various religious denominations to achieve harmony and peace with justice.
Those who presented were Iqbal Singh (Sikh Head Granth), Dr. Chandrika (solicitor) of Hindu religion, Dr Patrick McClerney (Christian priest), Sheikh Ejaz Hussein (Scholar from Norway), Solicitor Mr Ejaz Khan (main organizer), Dr Nighat Nasim (poet, writer and journalist ), Shafaq Jaffery (community activist and one of the main organisers) Khurram Murtaza (poet), Shams Abbas (general Secretary Panjatan Centre) Mrs Tanveer Rizvi (ex principle of Pakistani school), Zafar Khan (poet), Shayan Rafique (poet).
Mahatma Gandhi has said “my faith is that the progress of Islam does not depend on the use of the sword by its believers but the result of the supreme sacrifice of Hussein the great saint. I leaned from Hussein how to achieve victory while being oppressed. “
Nelson Mandela said of Imam Hussein in these words: “I had spent more than 20 years in prison. Then one night I decided to surrender by signing all terms and conditions of the government. But suddenly I thought about Imam Hussein and Karbala movement and Imam Hussein gave me the strength to stand for right of freedom and liberation and I did.”
Imam Hussein inspires us to fight against injustice and bring about peace with justice.