When is Day of Ashura celebrated in Islam – Day of Ashura 2018 is the 10th day of Muharram 2018. This day comes in the holy month of Muharram every year on its 10th day. This year the Day of Ashura 2018 will come on 21 September 2018 in the world.
9th Muharram 2018: It will fall on 20th September 2018 (Thursday)
10th Muharram 2018: It will on 21 September 2018 (Friday)
What is Ashura?
Ashura is the 10th day of Muharram and it is very important for all the Muslims of the world. This day has great significance and has the old history. Many events are associated with this day. According to Hadith:
“Abu Qatadah (RadhiAllahu ‘anhu) reported: The Messenger of Allah ( Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam ) was asked about observing As-Saum ( the fast ) on the tenth day of Muharram, and he replied, It is an expiation for the sins of the preceding year”. [Muslim]
“I asked the Prophet: ‘Which Prayer is the best after the obligatory Prayers?’ He said:’Prayer during the mid of the night.’I asked: ‘Which fasting is the best after that of Ramadan?’ He said,’The month of Allah that you call Muharram’” (Sahih Muslim)
“Ashura is the day when Allah saved Musa (Peace Be Upon Him) from pharaoh and indeed it is a big day and we should fast on the day of Ashura.”
Muharram is one of holiest months of Islam. Muslims give respect to this month and it is also the first calendar month of the Islamic year. The day of Ashura is respectful for all the Muslims as a whole, but for the Shia Muslims, this day is a major religious commemoration of the martyrdom at Karbala of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A), the grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
“The day of Ashura is the day of remembering victory of truth over falsehood, fasting, repentance and doing good deeds.”
“During `Ashura’, we remember the heroism of Prophet Musa(Peace be upon him) and the destruction of the tyrant Pharaoh. This day also reminds us of the sacrifice of the grandson of the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) Al Husayn ibn Ali, for his stance against injustice and deviance.” – Shaykh Hassan al-Kettani
Sunni Muslims arranged special religious gatherings in Mosques, Homes and other places and give tribute to the Martyrs of Karbala (Hazrat Imam Hussain & His Companions). Also, give the water and free meal to the people on the day of Ashura. While on the other side the Shia Muslims dressed in black and parade through the streets and roads and slapping their chests and chanting. Many Shia men hurt their bodies with chains and knife until bloodletting on the day of Ashura.