Muharram 10 – Day of Ashura 2012 / 1434 AH on November 24


Every year on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar, the Shi’a Muslim community across the world commemorates the mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad.
On this day in the Islamic year 61 AH, in the Battle of Karbala, Imam Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and a Shia Imam, was killed by the forces of the second Umayyad caliph Yazid I.
The day is known as Day of Ashura (Arabic: عاشوراء‎) or Youm-E-Ashura or Yaumul Ashura or simple known as Muharram or Muharram 10.

In 2012 (Islamic Year 1434 AH), Day of Ashura (Muharram) will fall on 24th November 2012.

Shi’a Muslim’s mourn from 1st Muharram to 10th Muharram and this period is called Remembrance of Muharram (Arabic: ذكرى محرم or مناسبة محرم‎).
Many Shia also tend to embark on a pilgrimage to the Imam Husayn Shrine in Karbala (Ziarat Imam Husayn Shrine), one of the holiest places for Shias outside of Mecca and Medina. Up to one million pilgrims a year visit the city to observe the anniversary of Husayn ibn Ali’s death.
In South Asia, a number of literary and musical genres like marsiya, noha and soaz which are inspired by the Battle of Karbala are recited to increase the peoples understanding of how the enemies fought The Battle of Karbala against Husayn and his followers.
In some countries, Shia Muslim’s beat their chests, slapping their cheeks, striking their shoulders with chains and cutting their heads with swords to let the blood flow as a display of their devotion to Imam Husayn and in remembrance of his suffering (Zanjeer Matam).
Shias believe Hussain’s sacrifice was ordered by God and was necessary to awaken the ummah and stop Yazid hijacking Islam.

Also Read : Ashura Day (10th Muharram) Prayers & Things to Do

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