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Imam Abbas shrine

[Shia Muslim flag: Imam Abbas shrine] image located by William Garrison, 23 March 2024

The banner of the dome of Al-Abbas Holy Shrine was raised in the city of Kargil in northern India, to announce to its people and residents the start of the Husseini mourning season and ceremonies, and to recall the calamity of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, his family and companion [at the battle of Karbala c. Oct. 680 CE]. .... The head of the Twelver Scholars Association in the city, Sheikh Nadher Mahdi, said in a statement, “This event has been held annually by the city’s residents, and I had the honor of hosting the activities of the seventh edition of the Amir al-Mu’minin Cultural Festival, which is held and sponsored by the al-Abbas Holy Shrine, where the banner of the holy dome was gifted.” .... He concluded, “It is a great honor for us to raise this banner in the midst of our city, to embody the spirit of martyrdom, redemption and sacrifice for the sake of lofty principles, and to be a beacon of heroism, martyrdom and patriotism because of the great symbolism it bears, and what it reflects of the values ​​and principles of the eternal Husseini renaissance. c. March 23, 2024.

William Garrison, 23 March 2024

Hussain-Abbas conjoined flag

[Hussain-Abbas conjoined flag] image located by William Garrison, 27 April 2024

Two separate Shia-Muslim white-flags have been sewn together to create a conjoined "Hussain-Abbas" flag with a red-fringe border - except not along the right hoist side. The Arabic slogan on the top flag reads: "Oh, Hussain", and the slogan on the bottom flag reads: "Oh, Ghazi Abbas." [Both expressions are an appeal to the spirits of both men to help troubled Shiites.] Below each slogan is an image of the split, two-bladed Zulfiqar-sword, which supposedly was given by the Muslim prophet Mohammad to his cousin and son-in-law Ali, who later gave it to his son Imam Hussain. Hussain was killed in Oct. 680 C.E. during the "Battle of Karbala" along with his half-brother: Hazrat 'Ghazi' Abbas ("Ghazi" is short for "shir-i ghazi" or "the warrior-lion" - a nickname of Abbas). Atop both slogans are red blood-droplets signifying the blood shed by these Shiite martyrs. Both red-colored swords appear to have in white-lettering an Arabic slogan: "la fata 'ila Ali la sayf 'ila Du I-Faqar" or in English: "There is no sword but the Zulfiqar, and there is no Hero but Ali." This conjoined flag was seen in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, c. July 2023
(credit: EFE-EPA/Farooq Khan).

Hindus make up about 80% of India's population. However, Srinagar's Hindu population comprises about only 8%, while Shia-Muslims are 20-25%. Many Muslims throughout India and Kashmir desire re-unification with Pakistan to the west, which has a 96% Muslim population.


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William Garrison, 27 April 2024