Muharram 2019: Date, significance and all you need to know

Mourners hold alam as they take part in 9th Muharram procession in Peshawar Cantt on Monday. — White Star

In fact, the month of Muharram is considered the second most holy month after Ramazan. During the month of Muharram, some mosques provide free meals on certain nights of the month to all people.

The lesson of the ultimate sacrifice rendered by Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) and his companions is to resist oppression, tyranny and falsehood even at the cost of one's life and under the most trying of circumstances, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said in his message on the Youm-e-Ashur today (Tuesday).

She said the sacrifice of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA) and his companions to establish truth and justice in society was a glaring and emulating example for the Muslim Ummah across the world. As usual it will be an unparalleled manifestation of complete unity cohesion and brotherhood as a result of which absolute companionship will be evident ever since the first days of Muharramul Haram. Not all Muslim groups observe this occasion in the same manner.

Sunni Muslims may mark the day by fasting, which follows the traditions of Judaism.

Al-Hussein, along with 72 loyal companions, was killed at the infamous Battle of Karbala in the year 680 AD (year 61 on the Islamic calendar) by the forces of Umayyad Caliph Yazid I on 10th of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic year. How do people observe Muharram? This exemplifies the suffering Imam Hussain Ali experienced shortly before his beheading.

Ashura also marks the day Musa (Moses) was saved from the Pharaoh of Egypt by God. The history of Muharram Muharram is observed specifically on the 10th day of this holy month, where the Shia community mourn the sacrifice of Imam Hussein, the son of Hazrat Ali and the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. On this, as part of the Mourning of Muharram, Shia Muslims and Sunni Muslims practice faqa (partial fasting) on Ashura.

President M Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina earlier issued messages on the eve of the Ashura, paying deep respects to Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA) and other martyrs of Karbala.

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