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Mourning Miuharram


Muharram, or more specifically the 10th day of the month called Muharram, is when the ceremonial mourning takes place. It is considered to be the holiest month after Ramzan and one of the four sacred months in the Islamic calendar. Muharram is observed by Muslims across the world.

Here are 9 things you need to know about the day:

  • The day marks the holy day of Ashura and the word 'Muharram' means forbidden and sinful.
  • Imam Hussain Ali, believed to be the third Imam of the Shia community, was the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and he was killed on this day.
  • He was killed by the army of the Caliph Yazid in 680 AD at the battle of Karbala situated in modern-day Iraq.
  • The Shia Muslim community mourn Imam Hussain Ali's death by flagellating themselves with sharp objects on Muharram.
  • They cut their bodies covered with mud and lit bonfires in the streets and enact the Battle of Karbala. Some devotees visit Imam Hussain's shrine in Karbala.
  • Imam Hussain's death is interpreted by the Shia community as a symbol of the struggle against injustice, tyranny, and oppression.
  • In modern times, some Shia Muslims do not adhere to the practice of self-flagellation because it is dangerous.
  • While the Shias flagellate, the Sunni Muslims fast on 9th, 10th and 11th day of Muharram as it is believed that fasting on these days is a way to make amends for the sins of the coming year.
  • For Sunnis, Ashura marks the day that Moses and his followers (i.e the children of Israel) were saved from Pharaoh by God by creating a path in the Red Sea.

Courtesy: India Today 

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