- the tenth of the month of Muharram, an important fast day for Sunni Muslims.
- (among Shiʿite Muslims) the anniversary of the martyrdom of Hussein.
Origin of ʿAshuraʾ
From the Arabic word ʿĀshūrāʾ
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Examples from the Web for ashura
Although Shias are a minority in Pakistan, the shops along the route were closed that day, a national holiday known as Ashura.The Perils of Karachi
October 14, 2011
Ashura is also a reminder that the eternal value of justice must be defended regardless of the odds of success.Could the Mullahs Fall This Time?
Rouzbeh Parsi, Trita Parsi
December 27, 2009
The Revolutionary Guard and the basij are determined to make sure that Muharram and Ashura will not provide that opportunity.
He was killed on the tenth of Muharram (Ashura) in the year 680 on the plain of Karbala, in what is now Iraq.
This year, Ashura, the culmination of the mourning ceremonies, will fall on December 27.
It is greater than the day of Ramadan and the day of el-Adha and the day of Ashura.Studies in Moro History, Law, and Religion
Najeeb M. Saleeby
- Islam a Shiah festival observed on the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar to commemorate the death of the martyr Imam Hussein bin Ali at the Battle of Karbala in 61 ah (680 ad)
C21: from Arabic 'Ashūrā
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Word Origin and History for ashura
Islamic fast on the 10th day of Muharram, Arabic Ashura', literally "tenth."
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