What is special about 10 Muharram?

What is special about 10 Muharram?

The day Ashura is observed on the 10th day of Muharram to mourn the death of Imam Hussain, the son of Hazrat Ali and the grandson of the Prophet. He was martyred in the Battle of Karbala on the day of Ashura in 680 AD.

What is the story of Ashura?

This year, Ashura falls on August 18. The Shia Muslims see it as the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram and the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali (the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad) at the battle of Karbala. For the Sunnis, Ashura is the day Moses fasted to show his gratitude for the freedom of the Israelites.

Why is Muharram observed?

Muharram is celebrated as the advent of the Islamic New Year by participating Muslims around the globe. It is regarded as a pious and important festival by the community. Muharram also marks the anniversary of the battle of Karbala, where the Islamic prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Hussain Ibn Ali was killed.

Why do we fast on 10th Muharram?

The Prophet Muhammad (saw) fasted on the 10th of Muharram to honour Musa’s (as) dedication to Allah (swt) and to show devotion himself.

Why was the 10th day of Muharram important?

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), when migrated to Madinah, found that the Jews of Madinah used to fast on the 10th day of Muharram. They said that it was the day on which the Prophet Musa (Moses), alayhis salam, and his followers crossed the Red Sea miraculously and the Pharaoh was drowned in its waters.

Who was martyred in the month of Muharram?

However, the month of Muharram and 10 th Muharram, specifically, is remembered as the day when Imam Hussain, grandson of Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), was martyred on this day, in 680 AD, along with his 72 companions and male family members whereas children and females were captures.

When does the mourning period start for Muharram?

The mourning period starts on the 1st day of Muharram and lasts for 10 days until the death day of Imam Hussein. They mourn by putting on black clothes, observing abstinence, fasting and then they break their fast on the day of Ashura, the 10th day.

Why do polythiests fast on the 10th of Muharram?

In a hadith in the Muwatta of Imam Malik (may Allah have mercy on him), it has been mentioned that in the era of ignorance (jahiliyyah), the polythiests of Makkah would fast on this day. It may have been due to a tradition of Prophet Ibrahim (peace be upon him).