Iraq 2004 Ashura. mourning for the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali.

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Iraq. Basra. Al Fao neighbourhood. The celebration and the religious commemoration of the day of Ashura with an historical representation of Imam Hussein holding in his arms and above his head the baby Abdalah . Muharram is a month of remembrance that is often considered synonymous with the event of Ashura. Ashura, which literally means the "Tenth" in Arabic, refers to the tenth day of Muharram. It is well-known because of historical significance and mourning for the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad. Shi'a Muslims start the mourning from the 1st night of Muharram and continue for two months and eight days. However the last days are the most important since these were the days where Hussein and his family and followers were killed in the Battle of Karbala which took place on Muharram 10, in the year 61 of the Islamic calendar (October 10, 680). Muharam's month is considerated as one of the most important feast for the Shiism branch of Islam. Shia Islam is the second largest denomination of Islam. The followers of Shia Islam are called Shi'ites or Shias. Basra ( in arabic Al Basrah) is the capital of Basra Governorate in southern Iraq. 02.03.04 © 2004 Didier Ruef