Muharram 2019, Ashura Festival Date, Celebration, Significance: Muslim festival Ashura is definitely arriving and it is very important for Muslims. The two different groups Shiya and Sunni celebrate it for two reasons. Here in this article, the details are mentioned about this festival and also whether it requires fasting to take place for all those people who celebrate it.
Muharram is the first month of the Islamic Calendar begin this year with Muslims around the World observing this Holy Month. So If you have Question About Ashura, Its Date and If you have Fast then here is the brief Information of the Festival.
When is the Ashura festival 2019?
Ashura falls on the tenth day of Muharram on the first month of Islamic year in the Music Calendar. The celebration this year will be beginning on the evening of Monday, September 9 and also on the evening of Tuesday, September 10. The festivals in Islamic culture are somewhat tabular. They begin at sunset on the first evening and end at the sunset on the second evening. These dates are not fixed and it changes throughout the year. It is because the calendar that is used by Muslims- the Hijri Calendar which is 10 to 12 days shorter than the Gregorian. It is a lunar calendar with 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days. The Prophet Mohammad thought that the tradition he followed by worth following so he fasted and encouraged his followers to do the same.
What Does the Ashura festival 2019 Commemorate?
In the case of Sunni Islam, this festival is celebrated according to the culture based on Judaism which is followed by Jewish people. It has followed a day of fasting around the whole time of year. It is commemorating the parting of the red sea for his Moses and also his followers will come to escape Pharaoh. Prophet Mohammed used t0 follow some traditions so he fasted and encouraged his followers to do the same thing. On this day the Sunni Muslims will be fasting and encouraging the others to follow this tradition. This will make the traditions to continue further. The above-described celebration is basically for the Sunni category of Muslims.
For all those Muslims who belongs to a Shia category celebrate this day as a sacred festival. The day marks the remembrance the grandson of Prophet Muhammed Husayn Ibn Ali. During this day some Shia Muslims flog themselves in parades to express their grief to Hussayn’s sufferings. Ashura is celebrated in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Bahrain and Pakistan.
What Is The Meaning Of Ziyarat Ashura Prayer?
Ziyarat Ashura prayer is a Shia salutatory prayer to Husayn Abn Ali and also the martyrs of the battle of Karbala. The prayer is a part of the liturgy which is used in pilgrimages to the shrine of Husayn in Karbala. Muhammad-al-Baqir who is the fifth in Shia Imam has recommended that Ziyarat prayers should be offered to face Karbala as this is a symbolic visit to the Shrine.
This festival will be celebrating on Monday and Tuesday. There might be parades running for the sacred grief over the death of Hussayn Ibn Ali. This will be the kind of sacred grief for the Shia category of Muslims. For this Sunni category, all people will be witnessing fasting for the whole day and then it will be a celebration for them.