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`ASHURA'. The tenth day of the Muslim month of Muharram, `Ashura' had been considered by early Muslims to be a very auspicious and joyous day, as many important and happy events, such as the landing of Noah's ark, took place on it. This perception was changed forever on `Ashura' in the year 680 when Husayn, the beloved grandson of the prophet Muhammad and third imam of the Shi'is, brutally perished in the Battle of Karbala. The tragic death of Husayn on `Ashura' is viewed by the ShNs as the grea ...more

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