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SHAFAQNA- Ashura is the name of the tenth day of the Month of Muharram in the Hijri lunar calendar and its fame is due to an event that happened on the same day for Hussain ibn Ali (A.S), the grandson of the Prophet of Islam (PBUH). On the tenth day of Muharram in the year 61 AH (October 10, 680), Imam Hussain (A.S) was martyred along with a group of his family and companions in Karbala in the war against the Yazid’s army under the command of Umar ibn Sa’d.

Every year, Shia Muslims mourn for ten days with the beginning of Muharram. Mourning ceremonies in most areas continue until the 11th and 12th of Muharram and in some areas until the end of the month of Safar. The culmination of these mourning ceremonies is on the Day of Ashura. Ashura mourning is not limited to Shias and groups of followers of other religions in different parts of the world mourn for Imam Hussain (A.S). Here is a collection of texts & multimedia about Ashura produced and gathered by Shafaqna over time:

Articles

  1. Imam Hussain (AS) and Karbala: A role model for humanity (Part 1)

  2. Hussain And Karbala: Political Unrest (Part 2)

  3. Hussain (AS) and Karbala: The journey to Karbala begins (Part 3)

  4. Book: “Lectures on Ashura” by Murtadha Mutahhari [pdf file]
  5. Hussain ibn Ali (AS) and his conscious uprising

  6. The life of Imam Hussain (A.S)

  7. A preliminary look at the Rule of Truth (2)

  8. Shia under Umayyad and Abbasid Rulers: Hussain ibn Ali’s (A.S) letter to Muawiyah

  9. The main element in Hussaini Caravan (2)

  10. The main element in Hussaini Caravan (1)

  11. The Value of Karbala Uprising and the Movement of Imam Hussain (A.S)
  12. Imam Hussain’s (A.S) description of Islamic society during Umayyad rule

  13. Four unchangeable aspects of Imam Hussain’s (A.S) uprising

  14. Community that will cry over Imam Hussain (AS)

  15. Discourse with the Pilgrim of Imam Hussain (AS)

  16. How Does Ashura Affect Me?

  17. Impact of Ashura on Muslims vigilance

  18. Prostration on the Soil of Karbala (The Land of Imam Hussain’s (AS) Martyrdom)

  19. Shia answers: Why did Imam Hussain (A.S) rise against Yazid?

  20. Why martyrdom of Imam Hussain (A.S) became immortal?
  21. Imam Hussain (A.S) tried his best to avoid direct conflict

  22. And this was how the battle of Karbala started …

  23. Why Imam Hussain (A.S) rejected to take the oath of allegiance to Yazid?

  24. Event of Ashura & the Quranic Principles

  25. Imam Hussain’s (A.S) sacrifice caused political & social isolation of Umayyads within Islamic world

  26. Shia Islam: Ashura | History & Philosophy

  27. Imam Hussain (A.S) | Biography, Characteristics & Teachings

  28. Shia Paradigm of Islam: Imam Hussain (A.S) And Tragedy of Karbala- Part 5

  29. Imam Hussain (A.S) guided people towards a moderate society

  30. Hazrat Abbas (A.S); the epitome of virtue and high moral standards

  31. Brilliant and lofty character of Imam Hussain (A.S)

  32. Imam Hassan (A.S) paved the way for Imam Hussain’s (A.S) glorious stand

  33. Why people mourn for Imam Hussain’s (A.S) martyrdom?

  34. Imam Hussain (A.S); a role model for world’s freedom and justice seekers

  35. Shia Islam: Ashura | History & Philosophy

  36. Did Imam Hussain (A.S) rise up only for opposing a corrupt ruler like Yazid?

  37. Why did Imam Hussain (A.S) bring his family to Karbala?

  38. Shia answers: Why did Imam Hassan (A.S) sign peace treaty with Muawiyah?

  39. Book: “Lectures on Ashura” by Murtadha Mutahhari [pdf file]
  40. Women’s Sacrifices In Ashura Uprising

  41. How Does Ashura Affect Me?

  42. Impact of Ashura on Muslims vigilance

  43. What is the connection between Ashura uprising and the spirit of Islamic resistance?

  44. Shia answers: Why did Imam Hussain (A.S) rise against Yazid?

  45. Why Ashura Is A Special Day?

  46. How did the loyal companions of Imam Hussain (AS) behave on the Day of Ashura?

  47. What happened on the night before the Day of Ashura?

  48. Event of Ashura & the Quranic Principles

  49. Shafaqna Dictionary of Shia Islam In Media: Ashura

  50. Shia answers: What effects did the event of Ashura have on the fate of the Shia School?

  51. And this was how the battle of Karbala started …

  52. Hussain (AS), the Universalist: Truth About Imam Hussain’s (A.S) Uprising (Part 1)

  53. Truth About Imam Hussain’s (A.S) Uprising (Part 2)

  54. Truth About Imam Hussain’s (A.S) Uprising (Part 3)

  55. Truth About Imam Hussain’s (A.S) Uprising (Part 4)

  56. What is the origin of Ashura?
  57. Shia Paradigm of Islam: Imam Hussain (A.S) And Tragedy of Karbala- Part 5

  58. Imam Hussain (A.S); a role model for world’s freedom and justice seekers

  59. Revolutionary purpose of Imam Hussain (A.S) uprising

  60. Why is Ashura uprising different from all world’s uprisings?

  61. Why Imam Hussain (A.S) rejected to take the oath of allegiance to Yazid?

  62. Did Imam Hussain (A.S) rise up only for opposing a corrupt ruler like Yazid?

  63. Four unchangeable aspects of Imam Hussain’s (A.S) uprising

  64. Why did Imam Hussain (A.S) bring his family to Karbala?

  65. Imam Hussain’s (A.S) description of Islamic society during Umayyad rule

  66. The Events from the 3rd to the 8th of Muharram

  67. Lessons we learn from Imam Hussain’s (A.S) movement

  68. The Events of the Night of ‘Ashura’

  69. Imam Hussain’s Speech on the Day of Ashura

  70. Imam Hussain (A.S) tried his best to avoid direct conflict

  71. Why people mourn for Imam Hussain’s (A.S) martyrdom?

  72. Words of holy head of Imam Hussain (A.S)

  73. Important Events After Ashura

  74. Imam Hussain’s (A.S) sacrifice caused political & social isolation of Umayyads within Islamic world

  75. Event of Ashura & the Quranic Principles

  76. 14 Lessons from Karbala By Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Safi Golpaygani

  77. The Philosophy of the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain (A.S.)

  78. Why martyrdom of Imam Hussain (A.S) became immortal?

  79. Brilliant and lofty character of Imam Hussain (A.S)

  80. Yazid ibn Muawiyah’s Clan

  81. Events after the Death of Rasool Allah (SAW) till Karbala

  82. Ashura, a Critical Juncture in the Life of Mankind

  83. Impact of Ashura on Muslims vigilance

  84. Loyalty and Repudiation on the Day of Ashura

  85. The Role of the Women of Ashura

  86. Hesitating on the Issue of Ashura

  87. On the issue of Tatbir – a scholarly consensus of rejection

  88. Prostration on the Soil of Karbala (The Land of Imam Hussain’s (AS) Martyrdom)

Imam Hussain’s (A.S) family

  1. Umm-ul-Banin (S.A), the lady who conveyed message of Ashura martyrs
  2. Hazrat Abbas (A.S) advocated the truth as lost his life in the epic of Karbala

  3. Hazrat Abbas’s (A.S) nobility arose from loyalty to Truth in difficult times

  4. The Story of Ali Akbar (A.S)

  5. Ali Akbar (A.S)

  6. Abdullah son of Al-Hassan (A.S)

  7. “I saw nothing but beauty!” the word of Lady Zaynab (peace be upon her) to Ibn Ziyad

  8. Speech of Lady Zaynab (S.A) made Yazid angry

  9. Lady Zainab (S.A) propounded Justice 1400 years ago

  10. Role of Hijab in Ashura

Imam Hussain’s (A.S) Companions

  1. Women’s Sacrifices In Ashura Uprising

  2. Imam Hussain’s (A.S) companions: A small group who all won the spiritual, inner fight
  3. Habib ibn Mazahir: Leader of the left wing of Imam Hussain’s (A.S) army

  4. Habib Ibn Mudhahir al-Asadi: One of the heroes of at-Taf

  5. Wahab & Haniyyah: Young couple martyred in the battle of Kabala

  6. Jawn bin Huwai: The African martyr of Karbala

  7. Zuhair & Saeed; Karbala martyrs who gave their lives for Salat

  8. Zuhair’s tryst with Imam Hussain (A.S)

  9. Al-Hurr, the free man of the battle of Karbala

  10. Abdul-Rahman Ibn Abd Rabbah Al-Ansari Al-Khazraji: the companion of Imam Hussain (AS)

  11. Anas bin Kahil al-Asdi: the companion of Imam Hussain (P)

  12. Repentance of two brothers at the last hours of Ashura

Arbaeen

  1. Arbaeen Walk a symbol of peace & humanity
  2. Arbaeen walking has a large potential for public diplomacy
  3. Arbaeen Walk as a Shia media outlet

  4. Arbaeen; the Campaign Against Oppression

  5. Arbaeen Walk: Model of an equal & healthy society

  6. Arbaeen Walk: a tradition or an innovation?

Karbala

  1. Places of pilgrimage in Karbala: Al-Hanana Mosque

  2. Places of pilgrimage in Karbala: Tomb of the martyrs

  3. Places of pilgrimage in Karbala: Porch of Ibrahim Mujab

Interviews

  1. Professor Ansarian: The World will be influenced by nature and mission of Imam Hussain (A.S) and his pilgrims

  2. Democracy known only from Shia revolution and uprising of Imam Hussain (A.S) and Imam Ali (A.S)/Interview with Lebanese Christian thinker

  3. The Mother of Jesus (A.S) and Mother of al-Hussain (A.S) in views of a Christian scholar

  4. Imam Hussain (A.S) martyred in defense of Prophet’s (PBUH) religion/today ‘Unity’ is equivalent of Good and ‘Division’ is equivalent to Evil: Interview with Sunni Scholar of Afghanistan

  5. “Arbaeen procession is the cry of justice against all kinds of oppression”/ Interview with Mrs. Masuma Assad of Argentina Shia Community

  6. Christian journalist’s narrative of his fascination with Imam Hussain (A.S) in interview with Shafaqna+Photos

  7. “The companions of Imam Hussain (A.S) were completely indulged in the love of their master”/ Interview with Mr. Zahir of UK Shia community

  8. “Ashura is the peak of civilization and modernity in the real sense”/ Interview with Leila Husayn of Algeria Shia community

  9. “Teachings of Imam Hussain (A.S) are timeless and transcend religions and cultures”/ Interview with Mikail Alvarez Ruis, head of Shia community of Spain

  10. “My work is to bring real knowledge of Ashura to academic and interreligious environment” /Interview with Dr. Amílcar Aldana Cruz Shia professor of Cuba

  11. “Since I’ve known Ashura, I do have patience to endure the biggest of difficulties”/ Interview with Ms. Kolsum from Kenya Shia community

  12. “We spend 10 days of mourning for Ashura in a group of 5 to 8 people”/ Interview with Mr. Smith of Haiti Shia community

  13. “Imam Hussain (A.S) is compared to Tupak Katari within the Andean worldview of South America”/ Interview with Fatima Dueñas

  14. Arbaeen pilgrimage in view of a Christian woman: when you walk, many facts about Imam Hussein (P) discover for you

  15. British photojournalist reflection on Arbaeen walk+Video

Videos

  1. Lecture: The Path of Imam Hussain (AS) [Video]
  2. Lectures: Karbala Decoded [Videos]

  3. Video series: Hussain (AS) to me
  4. Video: BBC’s Film Director talks about his experience in Karbala

  5. Video: Hurr (Epics of Karbala)

  6. Video: “A’ antal-Hussain”

  7. Video: “Shukran Abba Abdullah” By Qahtan Al-Budairi

  8. Video: “My Way Is Imam Hussain’s (AS) Way”

  9. Video: Wasilat Al-Najaat

  10. Video: Sunni Sheikh talks about tragedy of Ashura

  11. Lectures: Mental health lessons from the Event of Karbala [videos]
  12. Video: Sunni Sheikh talks about tragedy of Ashura

  13. Video: Importance of taking part in mourning gathering

  14. Video: The fire for progress

  15. Video: Obedience or disgrace

  16. Video: Hussain (AS) is from me

  17. Video: I am from Hussain (AS)

  18. Video: Absolute obedience to the Imam (AS)

  19. Video: Imam Hussain (A.S) & Salvation

  20. Video: Imam Hussain (A.S), Salvation & Mercy

  21. Video: Movement of Imam Hussain (A.S) & Awareness of Time

  22. Video: Imam Sajjad (A.S)

  23. Video: Goal of Mourning for Imam Hussain (A.S)Video: Ziyarat Ashura

  24. Video: What is Ashura?

  25. Video: Why did Imam Hussain (A.S) take his family to Karbala?

  26. Video: Is mourning Imam Hussain (A.S) recomended?

  27. Video: Who buried Imam Hussain (A.S)?

  28. Video: Why mourn an event that took place 1400 years ago?

  29. Video: Can we light candles in rememberance of Imam Hussain (A.S)?

  30. Video: Who killed Imam Hussain (A.S)?

  31. Video: Did Imam Sajjad (A.S) fight at Karbala?

  32. Video: How many children were killed on Ashura?

  33. Video: What do we know about Zuljanah?

  34. Video: What does the Flag mean in Muharram?

  35. Video: How many left the army of Yazid to join the army of Imam Hussain (A.S)?

  36. Video: How many from the army of Imam Hussain (A.S) survived the battle?

  37. Video: Ashura And the Holy Quran

  38. Video: Why do we begin mourning for Imam Hussain (A.S) from 1st of Muharram?

Ashura Graph

1. Hadith Graph: “There exists in the hearts of the Mu’mineen, with respect to the martyrdom of Hussain (A.S) …”

2.Shia Graph: If you neither believe in religion nor fear the hereafter, then at least be free from tyranny and arrogance

3.Shia Graph: Hussain is from me and I am from Hussain

4.Shia Graph: Peace be upon Imam Al-Hussain (AS)

5.Shia Graph: Surely, Hussain (A.S) is the light of the guidance and the ship of the salvation

6.Shia Graph: If you neither believe in religion nor fear the hereafter, then at least be free from tyranny and arrogance

7.Shia Graph: Hussain is from me and I am from Hussain

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