Day of Ashura
|Day of Ashura|
Shi'a Muslims of Hardoi, Northern India, strike their chests during the mourning of Ashura 2011
|Official name||Arabic: عاشوراء (ʻĀshūrā’); Turkish: Aşure Günü|
|Also called||Hosay, Tabuik, Tabot|
|Observed by||Shi'a Muslims|
|Type||Islamic and national (In some countries such as India, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Lebanon)|
|Significance||Marks the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali (Shi'a Islam); The day that Moses fasted as gratitude for the liberation of the Israelites (Sunni Islam)|
|Observances||Mourn and derive messages from Husayn's Sacrifice(Shi'a Islam); Fasting (Sunni Islam)|
Shi'a Muslims mourn for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad. He died at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (October 10, 680 AD). According to Sunni Muslim tradition, Muhammad fasted on this day and asked other people to fast.
In some Shi'a regions of Muslim countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Bahrain, the Commemoration of Husayn ibn Ali has become a national holiday. Most ethnic and religious communities participate in it. Even in a mostly Hindu country like India, Ashura is a public holiday.