What Shi'a event is commemorated by the festival of Ashura?

What Shi'a event is commemorated by the festival of Ashura?

The day of Ashura is observed by all Muslims, but for Shia Muslims, it is a major religious memorial of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, who was martyred at Karbala. It occurs on Muharram 10, the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The date corresponds to 21 March 836 AD.

For Shias, Ashura is the most important holiday and marks the beginning of the annual mourning period for the martyrdom of Imam Hussain. The ceremony starts with the chanting of prayers in mosques around the world during the afternoon and evening hours. Then, people gather in large groups outside where they listen to speeches by religious leaders. Finally, they begin to walk in procession from home to home, office to office, or wherever else they may be, showing their respect for Hussein by wearing black as a symbol of grief. Sometimes people strike their heads against walls or fences in mourning. When night falls, people go back home to continue the mourning process the next day.

Ashura is one of the five pillars of Islam. It is a must for all Muslim to observe this day by wearing black and refusing food and water until the end of the day.

Shiaism is the largest branch of Islam, followed by approximately 20-25% of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims.

Is the month of Muharram synonymous with Ashura?

Muharram is a month of memory and modern Shia meditation that is frequently equated with Ashura. In fact, the word "Ashura" comes from the Persian word for "shame," because of the mourning practices to commemorate the death of Imam Hussain.

The story of Muharram is told in chapters 40 to 48 of the book Al-Ghazali's "Al-Musta'liq." The main character, al-Musta'li, is a philosopher and theologian who lived in Baghdad during the 11th century. He was asked by Caliph Al-Mu'tazz to write a book on justice but ended up writing several other books instead. However, al-Musta'li did write a brief section of his most famous work, "Al-Musta'liq," on Muharram and Ashura.

According to the chapter, Ashura is when God insults humanity by choosing a human as His messenger and Jesus Christ is considered from this perspective too. At the time of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), people worshipped idols so he ordered that all the idols be destroyed which included those at Kaaba in Mecca.

Where is the Arba’een Pilgrimage held every year?

The Arba'een Pilgrimage is the world's biggest annual public gathering, held every year at Karbala, Iraq, at the end of the 40-day mourning period after Ashura, the religious ceremony commemorating the martyrdom of Prophet Mohammad's grandson and the third Shia Imam, Husayn ibn Ali, in 680. The event attracts millions of pilgrims from all over the world.

Ashura marks the beginning of the Muslim month of Muharram. It falls on a Thursday this year (September 27th). At dawn on the 10th day of Muharram, the bodies of Imam Hussain and their wives are brought out of their shrine and taken to the nearby town of Kerbala for burial. The mourning processions move through the streets of Karbala crying "Ala al-Hussein!" ("Oh Hussein!"), referring to Imam Hussain by his name. After the burial, it is believed that Imam Hussain will return for another journey to Jerusalem before finally settling into heaven.

Every year, around 30 million people from around the world visit Karbala to take part in the Ashura ceremonies. The number of visitors increases significantly when you add in the millions more who watch the events on television or online.

The city of Karbala has expanded dramatically around the shrine of Ashura over the years, but even so, there are only about 150,000 residents here.

When do Shi’a Muslims celebrate Maulidur Rasul?

It is usually celebrated on the 12th of the third month of the Islamic calendar. While Sunni Muslims often observe it on this date, Shi'a Muslims observe it on the 17th of the month. Muhammed was born in the sixth century of the Gregorian calendar in the Arabian city of Mecca.

Shi'a believe that Imam Ali (Muhammad's son-in-law and his successor as leader of the community) was also a divinely guided prophet and messenger who received revelations similar to those of Muhammad. Thus, they consider him to be another manifestation of Allah's support for Islam and the Quran.

For Shi'a, every year is considered as a new day when Allah has the power to create and the history has not been written yet. So, they celebrate the birthday of Muhammad and the birthdays of other important figures such as Ali during each new day.

They also remember the day when the twelve imams - the leaders of the community after Muhammad and Ali - were killed by the Saudi army. On that occasion, people come together to lament for the loss, but at the same time, they acknowledge the importance of having good leaders who can guide the community forward.

Finally, they pray for peace and security for their country and the world.

The birth of Jesus Christ is celebrated by many religions including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

What is Mahashivratri and why is it celebrated?

The most important and famous of the 12 Shivratris observed each year is Maha Shivratri, an auspicious Hindu holiday. On this day, devotees commemorate Lord Shiva's favor. This year, Maha Shivratri will be observed on March 11th. It's time for the Maha Shivratri 2021 puja.

Maha means 'great' and shivaratri means 'festival of Shiva'. Therefore, Maha Shivratri is a great festival for Shiva followers.

Shiva is the third deity in the Hindu Trinity, along with Brahma and Vishnu. He is the destroyer but also the originator. He has thousands of names but among them are Anandamayi, Ardhanarisvara, Aum Sakshatkram, Bhairava, Bholenath, Chottanatha, Dattatreya, Ganesha, Govardhana, Ikshvaku, Isanasiddhi, Kala Bhairava, Kapilavastu, Karthikeya, Kartik, Matsyendra, Panchmahadeva, Parashurama, Periyachan, Piplu, Siddhapureesa, Surya, Tandraka, Uma Maheshvara, Vaishnavite, Vighneshwar.

Shiva's consort is Parvati, who is referred to as Devi or Goddess.

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