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Ashura: A Day of Deep Significance in Islam


General Knowledge  •  28 Jul, 2023  •  1,852 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami


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Ashura observed on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar, is a day of profound significance for Muslims worldwide. For some, it's a day of fasting and reflection, while for others, it's a solemn commemoration of sacrifice and martyrdom. As we delve into this sacred day, let's explore its multifaceted dimensions through seven key aspects.

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Historical Roots of Ashura

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Before Islam's advent, the day was already acknowledged in the Arabian Peninsula. The Quraysh tribe in Mecca, of which Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a member, viewed Ashura as a day of atonement. The Prophet continued the tradition of fasting on this day after receiving divine revelations.

Moses, Pharaoh, and the Miraculous Escape

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For Sunni Muslims, Ashura commemorates the divine intervention when the Red Sea parted, saving Moses and the Israelites from Pharaoh's onslaught. Though recognized in both Islamic and Judeo-Christian traditions, the narratives may slightly differ, yet converge on the essential miracle of the event.

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The Tragedy of Karbala

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Central to the Shia interpretation of Ashura is the Battle of Karbala in 680 CE. On this fateful day, Imam Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), stood valiantly against the oppressive regime of Caliph Yazid I but was ultimately martyred along with many of his family members. This heart-rending event forever etched Ashura in the collective memory of Shia Muslims.

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