The Shiite Islamic Movement in Nigeria, under the Leadership of Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, marked its annual Martyrs' day on Saturday 1st of June 2013, at Polo Ground, close to Husainiyyah Baqiyyatullah Zaria.
The program was attended by massive number of people from different parts of the country.
The annual gathering is to mark the Movement's martyrs, the number of which has now reached 137.
Pictures of the martyrs where raised up in the sky, the occasion was adorned with colourful parades.
Describing the activities of the Shuhada Foundation of Islamic Movement, the Chairman of the Foundaton Mallam Abdulhamid Bello outlined the achievements of the Foundation during the year as well as the challenges it is facing in taking the care of the children and dependents of martyrs.
He further explained that the Foundation, as part of its activities, is sponsoring the education of the children of the martyrs up to University levels -- in addition to other aspects such as health, skills acquisition and continuous assistance to them. He urged to double efforts in giving out the stipulated monthly contributions in order to meet up with the challenges.
In his the speech, the Leader of the Islamic Movement spoke on the merits of martyrdom. He said those who achieved martyrdom are not dead in reality in accordance with Qur'anic verses. He said they are living, though not physically, yet they witness what is happening. He further added that, according to religious traditions, a believer visits his family at least once in a week after death.
Other issues discussed by the leader included the Rights of the Families and Dependents, the words of caution to killers of the Believers, issues regarding various failed plots targeted against the Movement, the flight of Muslims, enemies' plots against Islam in general.
Gifts and trophies were presented to individuals and groups by Sheikh Zakzaky for their contributions to the Foundation.