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1. The tenth day of Muharram, observed as a holy day of mourning by Shiites on the anniversary of the death of Hussein, grandson of Muhammad.
2. The tenth day of Muharram, observed in Sunni Islam as an optional day of fasting established by Muhammad.

[Arabic 'āšūrā', the tenth day of Muharram kept as a day of fasting by Arabs in pre-Islamic times, Ashura, ultimately (probably via Aramaic *'āsorā) from Hebrew 'āśôr, a set of ten (days, etc.), decade (used in Leviticus to specify the date of Yom Kippur, the tenth day of Tishri), from 'eśer, ten; see ʕśr in Semitic roots.]


(Islam) Islam a Shiah festival observed on the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar to commemorate the death of the martyr Imam Hussein bin Ali at the Battle of Karbala in 61 ah (680 ad)
[C21: from Arabic `Ashūrā]
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In Ganderbal, hundreds of Shia mourners took out the Ashura procession at three separate places - Dub, Balti Kullan and Sarbal.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraq's interior ministry said a plot by a ISIL terrorist cell to carry out an attack in Kadhimiya, Baghdad on the day of Ashura has been foiled.
By: Egypt Today staff CAIRO -- 1 October 2017: The Religious Endowment Ministry closed for the second day, the tomb of Imam Hussein on Sunday, to prevent any Shia celebrations on the anniversary of Ashura and prevent possible attacks on the mosque or its worshipers.
I want to tell through your esteemed periodical that the present government is follow the previous government to suspension of mobile phone services all occasion just as Eids, Ashura, Eid Miladun Nabi and even protests when it wants.
Caption: The mourning holiday of Ashura was marked all across Iran last Wednesday.
The Ashura procession was taken out from Imambargah Nasiran to Imambargah Zainab Kulsoom Shah Faisal Colony No.
Rawalpindi police have decided to seal the areas falling in and around the route of central Muharram ul Haram procession which will be taken out on the eve of Youme Ashura.
The attackers entered the Shiite shrine and opened fire on parishioners worshipping during the Shiite holy day of Ashura.
6 (BNA): Capital Governor, Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, today paid a field visit to the Ashura mourning sites in Manama to learn about the requirements need to be provided for the service and security sides during Ashura activities.
Manama: Bahrain's Public Security has warned a zero-tolerance policy would be applied towards those who "misuse the religious occasion of Ashura to engage in criminal activity".
Cairo, May 30 (ONA) Arab Parliament held at the headquarters of the Secretariat General of the League of Arab States in Cairo today its fifth annual regular session of the 4 th annual sitting 2015/2016 of the 1 st legislative term, headed by Ahmed bin Mohammed al- Jarwan and with the participation of the Sultanate's delegation that comprises members from the State Council and Majlis AShura.
The latest attack in the east occurred on October 16 when a gunman fired on Shiites commemorating Ashura in the Qatif area.