The Islamic Movement of Nigeria’s annual symbolic Arbaeen trek is due to begin tomorrow in the Pambegua area.
The Arbaeen trek is an annual Shia religious practice usually conducted on 20 Safar of the Islamic calendar to mark the 40th day of the murder of Imam Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad who was killed on 10 Muharram.
According to the representative of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria in Bauchi, Malam Ahmad Yusuf Yashi, the purpose of the trek was to experience the trials and tribulations faced by the family of the Holy Prophet who were chained and dragged through the burning desert. .
Yashi, who represented the movement’s leader, Sheikh Yakub Ibraheem Al-Zakzaky in the state, told reporters in Bauchi yesterday that part of the tribulation was dragging the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson barefoot from Karbala in Iraq in Damascus in Syria after the murder of Imam Husain 61 years after Hijra.
Yashi said: “The commemoration of the 40th day (Arbaeen) after the martyrdom of Imam Husain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) is commemorated every year by the Islamic movement, following a symbolic march by millions of people across the country.
“In Nigeria, the Islamic movement under the leadership of Ibraheem Yakub Al-Zakzaky, we used to do the trek just to symbolize what had happened. There are about seven axes that the Muslim Brotherhood used to gather and lead this trek, we have Kano, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna, Bauchi and Plateau axes.
“Before 2015, we used to walk from the starting point of the Pambegua axis to Zaria, where we met the leader. From there he gives the closing remarks and people go back to their states. From 2015, after Buhari’s regime descended on the Islamic movement, especially our leader, killing thousands of people, the government took it upon itself to prevent this march, especially in the state from Kaduna.