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Holy Ashura is being celebrated today

Holy Ashura is being celebrated today.

Holy Ashura or Ashura is the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. For the majority of Shia Muslims, as well as some Sunni Muslims, Ashura marks the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram, and commemorates the death of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (in AHt: October 10, 680 CE).

Sunni Muslims have the same accounts of these events, but ceremonial mourning did not become a custom – although poems, eulogizing and recounting the events were and continue to be common.

Mourning for the incident began almost immediately after the Battle of Karbala. Popular elegies were written by poets to commemorate the Battle of Karbala during the Umayyad and Abbasid era, and the earliest public mourning rituals occurred in 963 CE during the Buyid dynasty.

In Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan, Ashura has become a national holiday, and many ethnic and religious communities participate in it.

In Sunni Islam, Ashura also marks the day that Moses and the Israelites were saved from Pharaoh by God creating a path in the Sea, and is the Islamic equivalent to Yom Kippur. Other commemorations include Noah leaving the Ark and Prophet Muhammad’s arrival in Medina.

Holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), is being observed in the country today on Friday with due religious fervour and solemnity.

President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion.

Shia community members bring out Tazia processions in the city marking the day.

Like previous years, nobody carrying bags, sharp weapons or flammable objects will be allowed to enter the venues of holy Ashura programmes.

Bangladesh Betar, Bangladesh Television and other TV channels will air special programmes highlighting the significance of the day.

City dwellers have also been asked to refrain from lighting firecrackers on the day.


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