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​​Ashura denotes the tenth (10th) day of the first month of the Islamic calendar, Muharram. This day is the pinnacle of Muslim mourning, commemorating the Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussain (peace be upon him and his family).

Barely 50 years after the death of Muhammad (the last prophet of Islam), the Muslim empire suffered from corruption under the tyrant and monarchical caliph Yazid of the Ummayade family. Hussain, Ali's son and Muhammad's grandson, took a stand against Yazid's evil rule. While Yazid was feared and hated for his ruthlessness and abuse of power, Hussain was loved and respected by everyone in the community, friends and foes alike. Yazid realized this and understood that if he could convince Hussain to support him, the people would follow suit and show blind loyalty.

Hussain had a choice either to support the tyrant and live a comfortable and luxurious life, or to refuse loyalty and most likely be killed for his decision and stand. Hussain could not live his life as a follower and supporter of tyranny and the choice for him was simple. Hussain refused, saying, "I only want to spread good values and prevent evil".


This election Hussain is remembered for by millions of followers worldwide across countries and continents, among both religious, ideological and ethnic communities and individuals.


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