Published:  03:31 PM, 21 August 2020

Holy Ashura on Aug 30

Holy Ashura on Aug 30

Janomot report: Ashura is a holy day for Muslims all over the world, celebrated on the 10th day of Muharram, according to the Islamic calendar. This year, Ashura falls on August 30 (Sunday). 

The Shi’a Muslims see it as the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram and the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (S), at the battle of Karbala.

Earlier, the decision was taken at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee held at the Baitul Mukarram meeting room of Maghrib Islamic Foundation. However, due to cloudy skies, it was a bit late to announce the review of moon sighting.

Secretary of the Ministry of Religious Affairs Nurul Islam presided over the meeting of the committee held virtually. He joined the meeting online from home. The scholars and ulama of the committee including the director-general of the Islamic Foundation Anis Mahmud were present at Baitul Mukarram.

Muharram is one of the four most important months in the eyes of Muslims in the Islamic calendar, the Hijri. On the 10th of Muharram, the Muslim Ummah observes various programs with a view to 'special dignity'.

The day of Ashura or 10th Muharram is significant for Muslims for various reasons. In particular, the Muslim Ummah observes 10 Muharram as a day of mourning. On this day in 680 AD, Yazid's forces brutally killed Imam Hussein (ra), the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and his family in a place called Karbala in present Iraq.

Besides, the beloved Prophet (peace be upon him) himself used to observe 10th Muharram. 

There are various religious beliefs behind this. On the 10th of Muharram, the world was created. Many events have taken place on this day during the time of different prophets.

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