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Religion is a faith observed by a mass of people in their own special way in Gujarat. Muslim Festival Mohorram is celebrated somewhere in Feb or March. Muslims walk with the faith of Mohammed whatever their division be, the sunni or the shites.

Mohammed once told his followers when they returned from battle that ‘You have come back from lesser to greater struggle’ On asking to elaborate the statement, he said ‘The greater struggle is the struggle within’.

Mohorram marks the beginning of the Muslim Year. It is primarily associated with the period of mourning observed in commemoration of the martyrdom of ‘Ali’s son and Muhammad’s grandson Husain. Ali and his elder son Hasan are also remembered during this period as having suffered and died for the cause of righteousness. On the tenth day of Mohorram Husain was brutally murdered by troops of the Ummayyad Caliph Yazid (d. A.D. 683) after having refused to take the oath to him. He left Medina for Kufa in Iraq with followers of his women and children and close relatives.As Husain and his following approached the plains of Karbala, they were intercepted by Yazid’s troops under the command of ‘Ubaydullah, the governor of Kufa. On the morning of the fatal day, 10th Mohorram, Husain fought bravely till he was slain, the last on the battlefield. His violent death to this day awakens the sympathy of the faithful who remember his martyrdom with sorrow and indignation.

On New moon, people assemble in imam bara (permanent meeting place) and recite fatihah, drinking sherbat or so remembering Husain and inside the decorated imam, the tazias or tabuts are placed, wooden structures with silver paper, colored paper and tinsel fringes. They are made with imagination and artistic sense and are meant to represent Husain’s mausoleum. From the seventh to the tenth of Mohorram, processions are held to commemorate the martyrdom of Hasan’s son, Qasim, who was slain shortly after his wedding, as well as the martyrdom of Husain.