In the Islamic tradition, the 9th and 10th Muharram, also known as the days of Ashura, commemmorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain A.S, the grandson of the Prophet (SAW).
Hussain, his family, and his companions were brutally massacred by Yazid’s army in Karbala on 10th Muharram 61 Hijri. The story of Karbala holds manifold lessons of faith, communal love and loyalty for all humans.
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The day marks one of the most historically significant and blessed days in the year. The day has been given significance since the very begininning. It is said that Allah created the skies and earth on this day, along with the Preserved Tablet and Angel Jibril (as).
Allah (swt) says in the Qur’an, ′And We certainly sent Musa with Our signs, [saying], “Bring out your people from layers of darkness into the light and remind them of the days of Allah”. Indeed in that are surely signs for everyone who is patient and grateful’. [Qur’an, 14:5]
Ashura is a public holiday in Pakistan. To observe 9th and 10th Muharram, the people of Pakistan participate in processions and majalis to remember the sacrifice of Imam Hussain for Islam and humanity. They also offer prayers, distribute food, mourn, perform latmiya, and narrate the anecdote of Karbala.