Ashura



the tenth of the month of Muharram, an important fast day for Sunni Muslims.
(among Shiʿite Muslims) the anniversary of the martyrdom of Hussein.
Contemporary Examples

ashura is also a reminder that the eternal value of justice must be defended regardless of the odds of success.
Could the Mullahs Fall This Time? Rouzbeh Parsi, Trita Parsi December 26, 2009

This year, ashura, the culmination of the mourning ceremonies, will fall on December 27.
Will Iran Ignite? Gary Sick December 15, 2009

Although Shias are a minority in Pakistan, the shops along the route were closed that day, a national holiday known as ashura.
The Perils of Karachi Steve Inskeep October 13, 2011

The Revolutionary Guard and the basij are determined to make sure that Muharram and ashura will not provide that opportunity.
Will Iran Ignite? Gary Sick December 15, 2009

He was killed on the tenth of Muharram (ashura) in the year 680 on the plain of Karbala, in what is now Iraq.
Will Iran Ignite? Gary Sick December 15, 2009

Historical Examples

It is greater than the day of Ramadan and the day of el-Adha and the day of ashura.
Studies in Moro History, Law, and Religion Najeeb M. Saleeby

noun
(Islam) a Shiah festival observed on the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar to commemorate the death of the martyr Imam Hussein bin Ali at the Battle of Karbala in 61 ah (680 ad)
n.

Islamic fast on the 10th day of Muharram, Arabic Ashura’, literally “tenth.”

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