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Day of Ashura – Tehran Is Karbala Today!

December 26, 2009

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Reference for information provided below: Day of Ashura

Muhurram is the first month of the Islamic calendar, and one of the four sacred months of the year in which fighting is prohibited. Muharram is so called because it was unlawful to fight during this month; the word is derived from the word ‘haram’ meaning forbidden. It is held to be the most sacred of all the months, excluding Ramadan. Some Muslims fast during these days. The tenth day of Muharram is called Yaumu-l ‘Ashurah, which is known by Shia Muslims as ‘the day of grief’. Fasting differs among the Muslim groupings; mainstream Shia Muslims stop eating and drinking during sunlight hours and do not eat until late afternoon. Sunni Muslims also fast during Muharram and on either the ninth or the eleventh day, the choice of which additional day being at the discretion of the individual. Shia Muslims do so to replicate the sufferings of Imam Hussain (A.S) on the day of Ashurah. The word “Muharram” is often considered synonymous with the event of Ashura. Ashura, which literally means the “Tenth” in Arabic, refers to the tenth day of Muharram. It is well-known because of historical significance and mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali.  

The Mourning of Muharram is also called the Remembrance of Muharram ذكرى محرم or مناسبة محرم‎. Many of the events associated with the remembrance take place in congregation halls known as Hussainia.  The event marks the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala when Imam Hussain ibn Ali, The grandson of Muhammad the last prophet of Islam, and a Shia Imam, was killed by the forces of the second Umayad caliph Yazid I.  The event is marked by arranging ‘majalis’ (gatherings) to review Islamic teachings and to commemorate Imam Hussain’s sacrifice. The mourning reaches its climax on the tenth day, known as Ashura, on which the forces of Yazid killed the 72 individuals who fought, including Imam Hussain and his family and supporters. The women and children left living were made prisoners and transported to Yazid’s court inDamascus.

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