Imposing ‘Kham’ on infants cannot be justified: Jaffar Hussain

Kham’ being performed on infants.

Utmost care should be taken while inflicting wound on children. Children’s life cannot be put to jeopardy under the gripe of divine blessings.

By Muslim Mirror Network


Reacting over an objection raised from a section of Shia community over the way the ritual of ‘Kham’ is being performed using same sharp bayonet to inflict wound on number of small children during the matam procession, the Editor-in-Chief of Urdu vernacular Sada-e-Hussaini, Syed Jaffar Hussain.

Syed Jaffar Hussain editor Sada-e-Hussaini

Hussain is facing four cases under 153a 295 504 of IPC for raising  this issue.

“Blades should be use carefully while performing the ‘Kham’ ritual especially when it comes to deal with children. There should be separate blades every time while inflicting a ‘kham’ on the children keeping a threat to their life into consideration.” he added.

“Generally people use to say that ‘kham’ is being performed as a part of a divine implore (Mannat). However, this perception is something like you are asking for a divine blessing at the expense of someone else’s life. For example, you are saying that “If my wish was fulfilled by the divine blessings, then I will put someone else as an offertory for the same,” said Syed Jaffar Hussain.

Moreover, he said, divine vows is an obligation to be performed by a matured person and not the small children. “You cannot use children as oblation to seek divine blessings. Matured people can perform the ritual on their own. Leave the children alone till they get matured enough to replicate the same. They will do it when they grow up and attain maturity. Islam never impose any such ritual over an infant until and unless they get matured,” contended Hussaini.

“We are raising the issue in tune with the voices being raised from a section of the community. We can make public the names of those raising concerns over the ritual but we have an obligation to comply with the supreme court order regarding concealment of sources,” he clarified.


  1. Why can’t you come right out and say these are barbaric practices and must be against the law?
    I know: afraid of Fatwa.


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