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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.]
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(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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For Shiites, though, Ashura has extra significance and is very much a somber occasion.
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The violence comes during the peak of Ashura commemoration rituals that mark the martyrdom of Imam Hossein (AS), the grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), when militants typically step up attacks on Iraq's majority community, Al-Alam reported.
Pakistani Shi'a Muslims perform religious rituals during an Ashura procession in Quetta on 25 November.
KARBALA / Aswat al-Iraq: The security plan to protect thousands of Shiite visitors during the Shiite ritual of Ashura witnessed the deployment of 32,000 security elements, Karbal police media director said on Tuesday.
Summary: NABATIEH: The town of Nabatieh commemorated Ashura Thursday, with many southerners practicing the bloodletting ritual of slicing their foreheads, while others preferred to donate blood to health committees.
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Summary: Millions of Shiites in Iraq and Pakistan on Sunday joined ceremonies marking the climax of solemn Ashura rituals, marred by a bomb attacks on processions and prayer halls, killing five people Iraq's
FAISALABAD -- Ashura Muharram was observed peacefully in Faisalabad on Friday and no untoward incident was reported from any part of the district.