Shiites to embark on Arbaeen trek in Bauchi, other states
The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as ‘Shiites’ has disclosed that it will embark on its annual Arbaeen Symbolic Trek, scheduled to commence on Wednesday, the 14th of September, 2022.
Arbaeen is a Shiite annual religious practice usually conducted on the 20th Safar of the Islamic calendar to mark the 40th day of the murder of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammed who was killed on the 10th Muharram.
Malam Ahmad Yusuf Yashi, the Bauchi State Representative of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, who addressed journalists in Bauchi, said the purpose of the trek was to experience the trial and tribulation faced by the household of the Holy Prophet who was chained and dragged in the scorching desert, barefoot from Karbala in Iraq to Damascus in Syria after the killing of Imam Husain 61 years after Hijra.
“The fortieth day (Arbaeen) commemoration after the martyrdom of Imam Husain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) is commemorated annually by the Islamic movement, following a symbolic trek by millions of people from across the country.
“In Nigeria, the Islamic movement under the leadership of Ibraheem Yakub Al-Zakzaky, we used to conduct the trek just to symbolize what happened. There are about seven axes that the Muslim brotherhood used to gather and conduct this trek, we have the Kano, Kastina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna, Bauchi and Plateau axis”
“Before 2015, we use to trek from the starting point of this Bauchi axis up to Zaria, where we meet the leader. From there, he gives the closing remarks and people return to their states. From 2015, after the Buhari regime descended on the Islamic movement, especially our leader, killing thousands of people, the government took it upon itself to prevent this trek, particularly in Kaduna State.
Since that time, we usually hold press conferences to enlighten the public on the importance of the trek”
“So there is no need for the authorities to descend on us or attack us. This is the essence of calling on the media to enlighten the public that there is no reason to panic. We have the right in the constitution to practice our religion without any fear or intimidation as Muslims” he said
Mallam Ahmad said the association has informed the security, traditional rulers, religious leaders and other members of the public concerning the trek so that it will be peaceful, DAILY POST reports.
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