Muharram 2018: History, Story and Significance of Muharram

Muharram 2018 Why Muslims Fast And Mourn On The Day Of Ashura

On the first day of Muharram, the first month of Islamic calendar, the army of Caliph Yazid laid siege to Hussain and followers in the desert near Kerbala (in present day Iraq).

Moreover, President Arif Alvi in a message to the nation on Youm-e-Ashura said, "Martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) is a lesson for everyone to never refrain from fighting against terrorism, extremism and intolerant ideology and emphasized on promoting affinity and brotherhood".

Husayn ibn Ali is said to have died at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH.

Sunni Muslims observe the day in a much quieter way by fasting and holding gatherings to remember the sacrifices of Imam Hussain. Muharram is a period of intense grief and mourning where people from the community gather to mark the day.

The commemoration of this event is yearly mourning, with the Day of Ashura as the focal date. 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.

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Other commemorations include Noah leaving the Ark, and the Prophet Muhammad's arrival in Medina. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar calendar, or the Gregorian one, which is referred to in most western countries.

Others will forego this and instead opt to donate blood. It is believed that he was the third Imam of the Shia community.

Millions of Muslims around the world will go to worship, with some Mosques offering free meals. Children and adults participate in reenactments of the Battle of Karbala by wearing armour and mounting horses.

Some Muslims will fast to mark Ashura, but it is not required.

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