Day of Ashura

Muslim Holiday Islamic Holiday


When is Ashoura?

Year Day Date
2018 Thursday September 20th
2017 Saturday September 30th
2016 Tuesday October 11th
2015 Saturday October 24th
2014 Monday November 3rd
2013 Thursday November 14th

Who observes Ashura?

Country Known as Date
Algeria Algeria Ashura 30 Sep
Bahrain Bahrain Ashoora 30 Sep
Bangladesh Bangladesh Ashura 1 Oct
Iraq Iraq Ashura 30 Sep
Lebanon Lebanon Ashoura 30 Sep
Pakistan Pakistan Ashura 30 Sep

The Day of Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. It marks the Remembrance of Muharram but not the Islamic month.

A'ashura was an ancient Judaic feast day of celebration and atonement.

It is better known these days for mourning the martyrdom of Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) at the Battle of Karbala in the year 61 AH (AD 680).

Sunni Muslims believe that Moses fasted on this day to demonstrate his gratitude to God for the deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt. According to Sunni traditions, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) fasted on this day and encouraged others to fast.

While the word ashura means 'tenth' in Arabic and literally translated, means "the tenth day"; Islamic scholars differ on the reason for the naming.

Commemoration of Ashura is not a celebrations but a respectful and mournful occasion for both Shi'a and Sunni Muslims - and for Shi'as, it is a particularly intense period of grief and mourning.

Mourners, of both sexes, traditionally congregate at a Mosque for sorrowful, poetic lamentations performed in memory of the martyrdom, grieving to the tune of beating drums and chants of "Ya Hussain." Also scholars will give sermons on the themes of Hussein's personality and position in Islam, and the history of his uprising.

The Sheikh of the mosque will retell the story of the Battle of Karbala, so that the audience are reminded of the anguish and sorrow that was endured by Hussain and his family.

Around the World

In Arab countries such as Lebanon and Iraq, they read from a book which tells the story of battle of Karbala and death of Hussain ibn Ali.

In regions, such as the Arab states, Iran and Iraq, passion plays may also be performed that reenact the Battle of Karbala.

National and public holidays in India India
Observed mainly by the Shia Muslim community, Muharram celebrations take place in Muslim communities throughout India and are accompanied by processions and prayer meetings.

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