Ashoora in Pakistan in 2019

Ashoora in Pakistan in 2019
  How long until Ashoora?
This holiday next takes place in 51 days.
  Dates of Ashoora in Pakistan
2021Aug 18, Aug 19
PakistanThu, Aug 19National Holiday
PakistanWed, Aug 18National Holiday
2020Aug 28, Aug 29
PakistanSat, Aug 29National Holiday
PakistanFri, Aug 28National Holiday
2019Sep 9, Sep 10
PakistanTue, Sep 10National Holiday
PakistanMon, Sep 9National Holiday
2018Sep 20, Sep 21
PakistanFri, Sep 21National Holiday
PakistanThu, Sep 20National Holiday
2017Sep 30, Oct 1
PakistanSun, Oct 1National Holiday
PakistanSat, Sep 30National Holiday
  Summary
Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the climax of the Mourning of Muharram
  Ashoora in other countries
Ashoora internationally

When is Ashura?

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 celebration 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 is 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 the 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.

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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