What is Muharram?

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Depiction of the family of Imam Hussain in Karbala

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic New Year and is marked by a 10 day period of mourning for the grandson of the Prophet Muhammed (A.S. - Peace be upon him), Hussain ibn Ali (A.S.) who was massacred along with his family on the plains of Kerbala, Iraq.


It was on the 10th of this month, known as the night of Ashura, 61 A.H. (680 A.D.) that Imam Huwsain (A.S.), the choicest scion of the family of Prophet Muhammad (A.S.) became a martyr under the most calamitous conditions ever chronicled in the annals of the civilized world. The atrocious acts were carried by a nefarious ruler, Yazid, son of Muawiyah.

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