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The Day of 'Ashura

By December 13, 2010

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This Thursday marks the Muslim observance of the "Day of 'Ashura."  The word 'ashura literally means "tenth" in Arabic, and is named for the day of the month on which it falls (the tenth day of Muharram, this first month of the Islamic year).  'Ashura is an ancient observance that is now recognized for different reasons and in different ways among Sunni and Shi'a Muslims.

Among Sunni Muslims, the month of Muharram and the Day of 'Ashura itself is a simple remembrance of the Prophet Moses and his liberation from the Pharoah. It is strongly recommended, but not required, to spend two days fasting on and around the Day of 'Ashura.

Among Shi'a Muslims, however, the days leading up to 'Ashura, and the remembrance of the day itself, are very mournful and grief-filled. The days are filled with passion plays, assemblies, and public displays of grief over the martyrdom of Husayn in 680 C.E.

Learn more about 'Ashura.

December 16, 2010 at 8:07 am
(1) aspar says:

Thank U yery much 4 ur blog this morning.
Will continue 2 look for more info re
Ashura. Aspar arslan.

December 16, 2010 at 11:15 am
(2) fadumo says:

Thank you sister. May allah bless you with Jannah and reward you for what you do.

December 17, 2010 at 4:54 am
(3) Bola says:

I was tempted to write this little comment after reading the comment of one karina where she said “Allah does not exist. Mahhomet who came to preach him is dead and is in the grave but Jesus who came, is ALIVE and He wants to have a real living relationship with you. Christianity is not a religion consisting of only regulations as islam but it is a relationship with a living God….” such comment at this age and time in history is either influnced by total lack of knowledge or blind followership! saying Allah does not exist is as illogical as saying “a book exist just like that without an author”

December 22, 2010 at 8:32 am
(4) Shaw says:

The Ashura represents one of the greatest sacrifice of Imam e Hussain (May Allah be pleased with Him) and His 72 loyal companions ranging the age from 6 month old child to 70 years old Companions of Prophet Muhamed (Peace Be Upon Him).

Imam e Hussain (RA), the proud grandson of Prophet Muhamed (SAWW) and his companions expended their lives on the sanctity of Islam.

Therefore, please do no compartmentalize the great Martyrdom of Imam e Hussain into Shia and Sunni. It is requested to please make a penetrative research before forwarding your write up to your subscribers

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