Photography: Ahmed Elquraishi

What Is Muharram?: Lessons of Patience and Grief

In Shia tradition, Muharram is not only the beginning of the Islamic calendar but marks the period in which we remember the sacrifice of Prophet Mohamed (SAWW)’s grandson, Imam Hussain. Therefore, during this month Shias remember and lament the tragedy that occurred between Imam Hussain (AS)’s small band of followers and Yazid, the governor of…


Why Zainab Bint Ali Saw Nothing But Beauty Despite Her Losses

Content warning: This post contains graphic descriptions of death and violence. Part of what we memorialize and commemorate during Ashura is the sermon delivered by Zainab (as). Following the massacre of Ahlul-Bayt and their companions, our Lady Zainab (as) delivers a sermon in the court of Yazid, forever becoming a beacon of strength for Islam…

Artwork by Fasiha Zehara Instagram @fasci_nation7

Contemplating Ashura: A Shia Muslim’s Reflections

Every year, upon the emergence of the crescent of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, Shi’i Muslims around the world cloak themselves in black garments and prepare to mourn Imam Husayn, peace be upon him, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and his family. On the day of Ashura, the…


Ashura: Finding Justice in the Face of Adversity

Written by Alefiyah Shikari Ashura. My heart and mind tremble when I think about what transpired on that day. Husain ibn Ali, his family, and his 72 companions left everything and traveled to Karbala in the name of Islam. Even before Moharram begins, my senses are already prepared for the following 10 days known as Ashara…

Damascus, Syria. Ashura storytelling at the Sayyidah Zainab Mosque (2009).

Understanding the Significance of Ashura: Every day is Ashura, Every Land is Karbala

The holy day of Ashura, marking the 10th day of Muharram or the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar, holds special significance within Islam. Its significance is rooted in honoring one of the most important Prophets of the monotheistic faiths, Moses (Musa). Ashura marks the day that God saved the Children of Israel from…