‘Ashara Mubaraka’ is observed at the beginning of the Islamic year. The period is dedicated to the remembrance of Prophet Mohammed’s grandson Imam Husain. It refers to a period of ten days. The tenth day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is known as Ashara and marks the day on which Imam Husain was martyred along with his family members and companions.
“The Bohra sect is integral to peace in India and has contributed to our unity on diversity,” said Modi, addressing the gathering at the Indore mosque.
The PM said that he considers himself too to be a part of the Bohra community because most villages in his native Gujarat have Bohra businesses.
“Even when I was chief minister of Gujarat, they supported me at every step of the way and I feel fortunate for that,” he said.
Before his address, he met the 53rd religious head of Dawoodi Bohra community Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and attended his sermon. This was the first meeting between the Prime Minister and the Dawoodi Bohra spiritual leader.
The PM arrived in Indore on Friday morning and was received at the Indore airport by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan.