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Ashura Explained

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, ...

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?

PHOTOS: Shiite Muslims Observe Holy Day Of Ashura With Self-flagellation

Posted 12.04.2011 | Religion

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