Afghan Whispers:National Reconcilation and Ashura

Askar Gu Raiz talks about national reconcilation in country.The blogger writes

I believe the mere debate around the hostilities of the past three decades, and the indirect confession that parties involved in those wars shoulder responsibility for the destruction and bloodshed, yet are entitled to forgiveness, is a positive start. I think the resolution will not look as ugly as we feared it can be if a couple of amendments are introduced to it, and a slight change of language happens.

Notes from West says the news in media was that war criminals gave amnesty to themselves[Fa]. The blogger writes

the meeting of jihadist leaders for national reconcilation followed by another meeting,one moth ago, where war lords met to condemned Human Rights Watch report ctalking about war crimes. The blogger asks the reason of this amnesty was the power of war lords or their fear from human rights organisations.

Afghan Lord talks about Ashura, the religious ceremony. Ashura, the 10th of Muharram is a holy day for Muslims and especial day for Shi’a. This day is a remarkable day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar, the day of mourning for the martyrdom of Hussainn the son Ali and the grandson of Muhammad in the unequal battle of Karbala in the year 61 (AD 680).The blogger writes, as one sees in the video, people are beating on their backs, shoulders and chests with sharp knives at the end of chains. They bloody themselves to show their feelings in Ashura and Hussain’s martyrdom. Although making themselves bloody is banned by Shi’a Muslim leaders but this still goes on and never stopped. This is not only for the people in Afghanistan but different countries like; Pakistan, Iraq, Palestine and Iran.

Afghan Lord adds

I got a chance to ask questions of a few of them – why are they beating and making bloody. A young man said; I have wishes to gain, before I bloody myself I have reasons for that. When I asked him to tell me what your wishes, he to me; is I want to get marry, I don’t have money.Another told me I am not using chains with the sharp knifes at the end because I last year I did in order to get the result but I didn’t.

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