When is 1st Muharram 2021 in Pakistan?
Karachi: The Rue-Hilal-Committee, the central body of moonsighting, on Monday said the moon of Muharram has been sighted and the first Islamic month will start on Tuesday.
Ashura is observed on the 10th of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calender.
Ashura is the 10th day of the lunar month of Muharram when according to Islamic tradition Imam Hussein was killed in battle in 680.
It is observed in Iraq and in other countries with sizeable Shia communities, including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Syria.
On the first day of Muharram, the army of Caliph Yazid laid siege to Hazrat Imam Hussein and followers in the desert near Kerbala. Hazrat Hussein was martyred in battle 10 days later after he had refused to pledge allegiance to Yazid.
Hussein was decapitated and his head was taken to Damascus, the seat of the Ummayad dynasty to which Yazid belonged.
Most Sunni Muslims also mourn Hussein’s death, but less fervently,