The 10th of Muharram is the Day of Ashura
The first month of the 12 months Islamic calendar is Muharram. And it is the 10th day of Muharram which is observed as the Day of Ashura. The Muslim community, across the globe, on this day, monumentalizes the martyrdom of Imam Hussain
Fasting on the Day of Ashura is considered to be very significant. There is also a belief that Allah parted the Red Sea and helped Prophet Musa (Moses) and his followers escape the Pharaoh of Egypt. On this day, Prophet Musa also observed a fast to pay his gratitude to God. Hence, Ashura fasting is observed to mark the victory of Moses.
Meaning of Ashura
The term Ashura has found its roots in the Syro-Arabian languages, the word Ashura means 'tenth' or, in simpler words, the tenth day (10th Muharram). Hence, Ashura's literal meaning is 10th as it is on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram. Muharram month begins with the sighting of the new moon. Also known as the Day of Remembrance, Ashura is the tenth most crucial day Allah (SWT) has blessed us with. The Day of Ashura is of great historical significance in Islam as well as for Muslims all over the world. Many different events of historical importance took place on the Day of Ashura.
In the Islamic calendar Day of Ashura is considered to be the holiest day. It is on this day that when of the most historical and life-changing events such as the miracle of Musa, the battle event of Karbala took place. Ark of Nuh also reached its destination on this day. During his lifetime Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has on several occasions advised his Ummah to fast and give charity on the 10th of Muharram. Allah the almighty has asked Muslims to seek forgiveness and do good deeds on the Day of Ashura.
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