Islamic Prayer and Dua e Ashura

Ashura, the term derived from the Arabic word for the number ten, is the tenth day of Muharram. Muharram is the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is among the most sacred month and blessed days in Islam.
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DELHI, India - Aug. 9, 2022 - PRLog -- Meaning of Ashura and its Significance

The literal meaning of Ashura is the tenth day. In the month of Muharram, the tenth day is observed as Ashura, one of the most significant days of the year. A.J Wensink, an Orientalist, suggests that the Ashura word is derived from the Hebrew word 'āsōr' which means the tenth day of the month. Hebrew is one of the spoken languages of Israelites and was largely preserved throughout history. In most English dictionaries, the word Ashura is explained as the holy tenth day in the month of Muharram. However different scholars from Islam have different ideologies for this day.

On the Day of Ashura, Dua e Ashura is a highly praised reading to be done during the daytime. It has been narrated in Islamic scriptures that the person who recites or listens to these duas anytime on the Day of Ashura, the dua will act as life insurance throughout the year and, he shall be protected and sheltered by Allah.

Day of Ashura - Things to do

Historically the Day of Ashura has significant importance. Different rituals are performed in different sects of Muslims. For one creed of Muslims, it is a day of extreme sadness and grief as they remember the sacrifice of Hazrat Ali and his atonement for the future of Islam. They expressed their agony by wearing mourning attire and by suspending all kinds of celebrations and functions. Muslim practice public processions and flagellation, and punch and whip their chest with sharp objects to feel the pain that Imam Hussain went through. During the public procession, Muslims cry and mourn in grief. Grieving is also backed by beating drums and chants of "Ya Hussain".

Ashura History

According to the historical events of this day, Ashura is considered a special day from the very beginning of Islam. Imam Al Ghazali wrote in Mukhashfa Al-Qulub about the nobility of the day. He listed the following events which took place in Ashura history.
  • The Sky and the Earth were created on this day by Allah.
  • Angel Jibril who acts as an intermediary between God and humans was created by Allah.
  • Hawwa and Adam were created by Allah
  • Allah Created Jannah, a paradise of Islam
  • Allah empowered Adam to live in Jannah.
  • The first rainfall on the Earth happened on the Day of Ashura.

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