Wednesday, 15 December 2010


Whilst there is some debate around the exact etymology, it is generally agreed that Ashura comes from the Arabic word for ten and the term is used to signify the Remembrance of the 10th Day of Moharram.

The Battle of Karbala is commemorated during an annual 10-day period held every Moharram by both Shi'ah and Sunni Muslims, culminating on the tenth day, with The Day of Ashura.

Moharram continues to remain a month of peace and fasting on Ashura goes back to before the advent of Islam. Today amongst Muslims, Ashura is a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali (RA) in 61 AH (October 2, 680 CE), son of Ali (RA) and the grandson of Mohmammed (SAW). 

May Allah accept all our prayers.

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