The Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA), grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH), will be observed in the country today with religious fervour and mourning over the tragedy.
On this day in the Hijri year of 61, Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA), along with the his family members and close relatives, embraced martyrdom at the hands of Yazid's force in the desert of Karbala â€œto uphold the cause of Islam and the teachings of the great prophetâ€.
The day is a public holiday.
President Zillur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia in separate messages paid their deep respects to Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA) and the other martyrs of Karbala.
The president said the supreme sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA) and his companions at Karbala remained luminous in the history of mankind. â€œThe eternal message of Ashura inspires us to be vocal against any injustice and repression and walk the path of truth and justice.â€
In her message, the prime minister called upon all to uphold the teachings of Ashura to establish truth and justice in the national life by resisting all kinds of injustice and discrimination.
In another message, Khaleda Zia said the martyrdom embraced by Imam Hossain (RA) and his relatives on the day of Ashura remained an example for all to emulate.
Different religious organisations have chalked out various programmes to mark the occasion.
Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and private TV channels will air special programmes while newspapers publish supplements highlighting the significance of the day.