The 13th Ashura walk on Wednesday 12 October 2016 commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (r), took place in Sydney with nearly 5000 people walking from Hyde Park to the Royal Botanical Gardens in the city.
Imam Hussein (r) was the grandson of the Prophet Mohammad (s) who was martyred on 10th of Muharram 61 AH, 680 CE in the city of Karbala (in modern day Iraq).
The procession brought together with people from different Muslim communities wearing black and carrying red flags and green banners beating their chests and chanting poetry in order to mark the Shahadah of Imam Hussein (r).
The last call of Imam Hussein before being martyred was:” Is there anyone to help me?” What he meant was: “Is there anyone to spread my message?” (of principled justice)
The marchers were answering that call today when they chanted: “Labbayk Ya Hussein” “Here I am O Hussein (at your service)!”
In this way they expressed their religious affiliation and bring the attention of the world to the unparalleled atrocities enacted upon the family and companions of the Imam Hussein (r) who preferred to sacrifice his life rather than compromise with evil.
Police guided the procession through traffic and everything went smoothly with full cooperation with the authorities in an organised and peaceful manner.
The tragedy of Karbala is considered to be the greatest showdown between good and evil in human history.
The Ashura walk reminded all people of Imam Hussein’s (r) stand for justice against oppression by the forces of evil. He refused to pledge allegiance to Yazid who is considered to have usurped the position of Caliphate.
Imam Hussein (r) said, “Death with dignity is better than a life with humiliation”. “A man like me cannot make allegiance to a man like Yazid”.
The Ashura walk showcases that humanity to this day mourns the horrible acts committed toward the family and true followers of the last Messenger from God.
The Ashura walk was conducted all over the world with various people of diverse cultural and religious background attending these to show solidarity with Imam Hussein’s universal message of unity, dignity, justice and peace for all humanity.
The largest gathering will take place on the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein in Iraq walking from Najaf to Karbala.