The South Wales Argos daily newspaper, published in Newport, western Britain, reported that the oldest Husseini mourners in the city held the Ashura ceremony of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) in a remarkable and significant way.
Newport is the largest and most populous city in the British province of Wales, and, according to the newspaper, contains large numbers of Shia communities.
The newspaper said in a report: “The oldest Husseini mourners in Wales held massive marches on the painful Ashura commemoration, to commemorate the martyrdom of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his progeny) Imam Hussein (peace be upon him).”
It continued, “the mourners wore black clothes and made their way from their mosque towards the heart of the city of Newport, chanting poems in honor of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him).”
The newspaper’s report also points out that “the Shia community in the city played a great and wonderful role in the humanitarian and economic fields, and it is based on the principles of Ashura, which it commemorates every year.”
It added that “hundreds of Muslims joined the Husseini march, carried flags and slapped their chests in mourning for the Master of Martyrs (peace be upon him). They also distributed leaflets introducing the Husseini cause.”
The report also quoted the organizer of the march, Mr. Mubarak Ali, as saying: “The day of Ashura is one of the greatest and most painful occasions for the Shias, on which Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) and his family and companions were martyred on the sands of Karbala.”
He added that “Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) through his sacrifice for Islam and humanity, immortalized his name, and we commemorate his revolution against tyrants and oppressors every year.”
One of the mourners, Nusrat Ali, said: “We remain on the covenant by following the path of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) and what he fought for,” adding that “Imam Hussein (peace be upon him) did not fight tyrants for us Shias, but for the sake of humanity all together”.