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ʿAshuraʾ

[ash-oo-rah]
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noun
  1. the tenth of the month of Muharram, an important fast day for Sunni Muslims.
  2. (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

Contemporary Examples

  • Although Shias are a minority in Pakistan, the shops along the route were closed that day, a national holiday known as Ashura.

  • 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.

    Will Iran Ignite?

    Gary Sick

    December 16, 2009

  • He was killed on the tenth of Muharram (Ashura) in the year 680 on the plain of Karbala, in what is now Iraq.

    Will Iran Ignite?

    Gary Sick

    December 16, 2009

  • This year, Ashura, the culmination of the mourning ceremonies, will fall on December 27.

    Will Iran Ignite?

    Gary Sick

    December 16, 2009

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for ashura

Ashura

noun
  1. 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)

Word Origin

C21: from Arabic 'Ashūrā
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Word Origin and History for ashura

Ashura

n.

Islamic fast on the 10th day of Muharram, Arabic Ashura', literally "tenth."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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