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Muslims across the nation celebrate this festival of Muharram. Both Sunni and Shia Community of Muslims celebrate it but follow different rituals. Sunni Muslims observe to get themselves recorded in the hadith and on the flip side Shia Muslims celebrate it differently.
The holy month is associated with a number of auspicious events in Islamic history. Read to take a sneek peak:
Muharram is derived from the word Haram which refers to Forbidden or Sinful. Are perplexed to know, about the derivation of the name of this festival? Scroll down to know why it is called so.
The month of Muharram is one of the four sacred months of the year and said to be the holiest in Islam. After Ramadan, Muharram is considered to be the sacred of all, which marks the divine day of Ashura.
It is considered as the first month of Islamic calendar. This sanctified day generally falls on the 10th day of the month of Muharram.
Muharram is all about mourning, it is all about the sacrifice of Imam Husayn. The occasion is commemorated by both the Muslim communities, Sunnis and Shias.
He was Prophet Muhammad's grandson. He was brutally killed in the battle of Karbala, along with his family and friends. He was killed on this day of Muharram in the year 680 AD.
The army of the Caliph Yazid killed Imam Husayn during the battle of Karbala in Iraq. After Imam's death, Islam was divided into two major sections the Sunnis and the Shias. Muharram is mainly followed by the Shia community.
Initial 10 days of Muharram are considered as sad and grieving. Every year, Shia Muslims who hold mourning ceremonies, chanting 'Ya Hussain' to recall the sacrifices made by the martyrs.