Dozens take to streets as part of peaceful Islamic procession

Zainabia Islamic Centre procession to mark the anniversary of the martyrdom of the Holy Prophet.

Zainabia Islamic Centre procession to mark the anniversary of the martyrdom of the Holy Prophet.

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PEOPLE young and old took to the streets on Saturday as part of a peaceful Islamic procession.

The event was held to mark the anniversary of the martyrdom of the grandson of the Holy Prophet Imam Husain and saw supporters marching from the Zainabia Islamic centre, Granby Mosque, to the flats in Granby.

Police were present as those taking part marched peacefully before selected members spoke about Imam Husain and his stance on oppressed societies in the world.

According to Islamic culture nearly 1,400 years ago, Imam Husain ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was martyred on the sands of Karbala, Iraq.

Imam Husain sought to promote justice, and help restore Islam to its peaceful and benevolent nature – a movement opposed by oppressors.

The anniversary is considered a very special occasion and a day of solitude and remembrance for Muslims throughout the world.

Mahmood al Najjar, president of Zainabiya Islamic Centre, said: “The message we are portraying today isn’t just confined to Shia Islam but is a universal message of oppression and suffering throughout humanity.”