Muslims across the globe are commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (RA), the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), who embraced martyrdom along with his family and companions in the battle of Karbala in 61 AH (680 CE). The day of Ashura, the 10th of Muharram, marks the climax of the mourning rituals that began on the first day of the Islamic lunar month.
Imam Hussain (RA) is revered by Muslims as a symbol of resistance against tyranny, oppression and injustice. He refused to pledge allegiance to Yazid, the Umayyad caliph, who was widely seen as a corrupt and illegitimate ruler. Imam Hussain (RA) and his small band of followers were surrounded by Yazid’s army in the desert of Karbala, Iraq. They faced thirst, hunger and torture before they were massacred on Ashura.
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