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Friday, December 25, 2009

Muharram Alam

Taken during a muharram procession in Lahore, an Al'am is of spiritual significance for the Twelver Shia Muslims in India, Pakistan and other areas. An Alam with a "Panja" on top of it is considered to be a religious flag of Islam, and it is said to be carried by the Prophet Muhammed, Hazrat Ali and Hazrat Abbas ibn Ali during battles or expeditions. The battle of Karbala further glorifies its importance. An Alam is usually seen during Muharram Processions and at designated sites in Shia Mosques.

5 comments: said...

Very creative photo and informative post. Thank you. I look forward to more.

Leif Hagen said...

Welcome back! I'm glad to learn a little more about Muslim traditions from you. I hope you'll be able to post daily photos again! Kind regards

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