Muharram 2018: All you need to know about the day of Ashura

Muharram 2018: All you need to know about the day of Ashura

He said the incident of Karbala is the historic battle between truth and falsehood that took place on 10th Muharram, however emphasized that the battle between truth and evil even existed today.

As the Islamic calendar is based on lunar cycles, the dates which months begin can differ against the Gregorian calendar from year to year. On the first day of Muharram, the Islamic New year is celebrated, which is considered a very holy celebration.

Here is how Shia Muslims in India mourns on Muharram. They refrain from any festive event and do not partake in any joyous moment of celebration during Muharram. Muharram is a period of intense grief and mourning where people from the community gather to mark the day.

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The Shia sect marks the day with meetings, mourning processions, fasting feeding the poor in remembrance of Hussain's sacrifice and that of his followers who did not bow down to tyranny.

The Shia community's main procession named Tazia was brought out from Old Dhaka's Hossaini Dalan Imambara at around 10am on Friday carrying the symbolic mausoleum of the Prophet Mohammad's two grandsons - Hussein and Hasan. But most people mourn in a more non-violent manner by holding sad processions, and by chanting "Ya Hussain", wailing loudly.

Various religious organisations and political parties have also chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day. When Prophet Muhammad came across the people of Madina is 622 CE, he learnt from the Jews that they fasted on this day because Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemy, the Pharaoh in Egypt and that Prophet Musa (Moses) also fasted on this day as a sign of gratitude to Allah. Shiit muslims commemorate the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammed, who was killed and buried in Karbala in 680 A.D.

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