What is Ashura?
Ashura is the tenth day of Muharram and Muharram is the first month in the Islamic calendar.
On the day of Ashura, in more than 14 centuries ago and in a place called Karbala which is now in Iraq, Imam Hussain (PBUH) who was the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) along with all 72 of his men including his family members gave everything they had in order to save the teachings of Islam from utter distortion and destruction.
The Imam Hussain’s six-month-old son was the smallest martyr on the day of Ashura. All women including lady Zainab, the Imam Hussain’s beloved sister and their children were captured on the day of Ashura following the martyrdom of their men in Karbala.
Imam Hussain himself said his goal before moving toward Iraq. He said that: “I did not rise up for the cause of wickedness, amusement, corruption or oppression, but I rose up to reform the Muslim community of my grandfather [Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)]. I want to promote virtue and prevent vice.”
Ashura is the day of grief and sorrow. Shia Muslims do not fast on Ashura day. Shia Muslims dress in black and take to the streets and mosques on Ashura day to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of the holy Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, remembering Imam Hussain as the symbol of freedom and dignity.
Shia Muslims in Iran and other countries donate blood on the day of Ashura more than the other days in a year. Read more and see photos
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