Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have started the annual mourning sessions to commemorate the brutal massacre of the grandson of the Prophet (S), Imam Hussein (AS) along with scores of his followers, most of whom were also members of the Prophet’s family on the plains of Karbala 14 centuries ago.
During this solemn religious duty, members would be clad in black attire and be in mourning mood generally.
Special mourning sittings would be conducted at schools and mosques across the country, where someone reads the story of Imam Hussein’s travails and the plight that befell him. Specially composed lamentation poems are also recited at the sittings while members shed tears in grief and despondency.
This daily period of grief continues and culminates in the Ashura solemn processions conducted on the 10th of the Islamic calendar month of Muharram, the day that the male family members of the Prophet (S) met their brutal end while female members and children were humiliatingly enchained and taken in the scorching sun barefoot.
In Nigeria, it has been the tradition for members of the Islamic Movement to conduct mass blood donation campaigns during these sessions where hundreds of pints of blood are harvested by the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) for use to save the lives of needy Nigerians in hospitals.