Muslims around the world observe Ashura

Ashura is a day of remembrance Muslims around the world commemorate with various traditions, ceremonies and dishes.

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Photo by: AA

Turks make a pudding to celebrate Ashura, known as Noah’s pudding. It is made of a mixture consisting of grains, dried fruits and nuts, sweetened with sugar and fruit juices and cooked together in one pot. Istanbul, Turkey, October 10.

Updated Oct 12, 2016

Muslims around the world are celebrating Ashura, the tenth day of Muharram, which is the first month of the Islamic calendar.

The word Ashura literally translates to "10", indicating the date of the holiday.

Some Shia Muslims observe the day to mourn the death of Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, at the Battle of Karbala on Muharram 10, about 1,400 years ago.  

Turks like to decorate Ashura or Noah's pudding, a dish prepared for the day of Ashura, with pomegranate and sugar, Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, October 10.

Shias observe the holiday with public expressions of mourning and grief during the Ashura commemoration, Beirut, Lebanon, October 1.

In the Battle of Karbala, a small group led by Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad and the son of his companion Ali, was defeated and murdered by an army sent by Yazid I, the second leader of the Umayyad Dynasty - the first Muslim dynasty.

Sunni Muslims observe Ashura to commemorate three events: The day Noah was said to have left the Ark, the day Moses and his people were saved from the Pharaoh and the arrival of the Prophet Muhammad's migration from Mecca to Medina in AD 622. 

Muslims voluntarily fast from sunrise to sunset on the day of Ashura, following the example of the Prophet Muhammad. 

Some Shias mourn by flagellating themselves on the back or ritually cutting themselves, which is intended to connect them with Hussein’s suffering, Kuwait, October 8.

Shias see the death of Hussein as a symbol of struggle against injustice, tyranny, and oppression, Najaf in southern Iraq, October 9.

It is customary for Turks to prepare the Noah's pudding in large cauldrons and distribute it to the poor, neighbours, relatives and friends. Istanbul, Turkey, October 10.

Shias observe a mourning period that commemorates the murder of Hussein during the religious festival of Ashura in Karbala, Iraq, October 10.

Reenactments of the Battle of Karbala are performed as part of parades during the peak of the mourning period of Ashura in Baghdad, Iraq, October 10.

Mourners dress in black, slap their chests and chant to express their sorrow during Ashura, Basra, Iraq, October 10.

Some mourners dress up in costume and tote swords for reenactments of the Battle of Karbala, Iraq, October.10.

On the day of Ashura, many Shias visit the shrine of Hussein, to pay their respects to him, Karbala, Iraq, October 10.


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