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Karbala

My Ashura, My Karbala, My Hussain: A Sunni Perspective

Sadok BenAbdallah | Posted 10.18.2016 | Religion
Sadok BenAbdallah

Ashura, the tenth day of the month of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. A time of rejoicing and deliverance, yet a time of grief and sorrow. From both the Sunni and Shi'a traditions, this day holds very significant to many.

Who Was Hussein and Why Does His Sacrifice Matter in 2016?

Walaa Chahine | Posted 10.12.2016 | Religion
Walaa Chahine

You have never truly heard of Hussein, Karbala, or Ashura, and you probably didn't need to. No, this time in Islamic and global history never meant anything, until now.

The Crimes at Palmyra

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 09.03.2016 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The world, and especially moderate, traditional, spiritual, conventional and even conservative -- but few radical -- Muslims have watched in dismay as the spurious "Islamic State" (ISIS) has undertaken the systematic destruction of the pre-Islamic monuments at Palmyra in Syria.

The New Allure Of Sacred Pilgrimages

The New York Times | Bruce Feiler | Posted 12.22.2014 | World

ARMY Staff Sgt. Juan Roldan was on patrol in Baghdad in 2006, when a warhead struck his vehicle, killing two colleagues. Sergeant Roldan suffered a bl...

LOOK: Shiite Muslims Observe Ashura

The Huffington Post | HuffPost Religion Editors | Posted 11.04.2014 | Religion

Ashura, an optional fast day for Muslims that commemorates different things for Sunnis and Shiites, falls on Nov. 2-3, 2014. The word itself, ashura, ...

Iran Vows To Defend Shiite Muslim Holy Sites In Iraq

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2014 | World

By Ghazwan Hassan BAGHDAD, June 18 (Reuters) - Iran's president vowed on Wednesday to defend Shi'ite holy sites in Iraq, where Sunni ...

LOOK: Shiite Muslims Observe Ashura

Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion

WARNING: Some images of Ashura observance are graphic: Ashura, an optional fast day for Muslims that commemorates different things for Sunnis and...

Ashura: In the Dungeon of Cancer, al-Hussein Was My Light

Amin G. Aaser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Amin G. Aaser

Through al-Hussein we gained strength. When battling a demon, whether a tyrant like Yazid or a disease like cancer, strength does not come from numbers; rather, it comes from the All Mighty.

Ashura: How Reflecting On Hussein's Sacrifice Made Me Honest

Amin G. Aaser | Posted 02.05.2012 | Religion
Amin G. Aaser

Long ago, Hussein, a distinguished spiritual leader in Arabia faced an incredible challenge: accept the rule of a wicked tyrant and live, or reject the immoral leadership and be martyred?

Forbidden Rituals At The Hajj

Betwa Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Betwa Sharma

Since Shiites have no restriction on single women going for the Hajj, A Hajj first timer, Saju, is less than pleased to know that Saudi Arabia requires all women pilgrims below the age of 45 to be accompanied by a male relative.

Wal-Mart's War Zone

Al Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Al Norman

On December 22, 2009, the third person to die this year at the hands of Wal-Mart 'loss prevention' workers breathed his last in a Dunwoody, Georgia Wal-Mart parking lot.

New Wave of Violence Against Iraqi Gays

GroundReport.com | GroundReport.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Rights advocate speaks of an "extraordinarily brutal campaign", saying hundreds may have been killed in last few months. By IWPR trainees in Baghdad (...