Hindus join Muslim brothers in paying homage on the occasion
In this backward Uttar Pradesh town, Hindus join their Muslim
brothers in paying homage to the martyrs of Karbala on the occasion of Muharrum.
This unique tradition, bringing the two religious communities together in
praying, started about 260 years ago with a Maratha setting up "Ramji Ka
Imambara" at the Gulab Bagh road in Aliganj locality here. While the Muslims
recite "fateha" before the "tazias" installed at the Imambara during this month,
their fellow Hindu devouts pray before the "dhaal, naal and alams" identified
with Muharrum. Devouts of both the religions pray under one roof, setting a rare
example of communal amity and brotherhood.
Five generations of the Marathi family, who had set up this
imambara, have been personally taking part in observing Muharrum and they
converge here on this occasion every year. 71-year-old Basant Raj Samant, an
advocate by profession, representing the fourth generation of the family, said
that ever since 1750 this tradition has been kept alive by them and he too makes
it a point to come here from Pune every year.