Flag of Somalia Ashura in Somalia

Ashura, the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar, holds deep religious significance for Muslims in Somalia. This day commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala. In Somalia, Ashura is observed with various religious activities and reflections. Many Somalis participate in special prayers at mosques, reciting Quranic verses and engaging in discussions about the historical and spiritual importance of Imam Hussein's sacrifice. The day is also marked by fasting, as it is believed that Prophet Muhammad encouraged fasting on Ashura to atone for sins and seek blessings from Allah.

Besides fasting and prayers, Ashura in Somalia is a time for community gatherings and acts of charity. People come together to cook and distribute food to the less fortunate, embodying the values of compassion and solidarity. Traditional Somali dishes such as "canjeero" (flatbread) and "suqaar" (meat stew) are often prepared and shared among neighbors and friends. Ashura serves as a reminder of the importance of standing up for justice and truth, as exemplified by Imam Hussein's stand against tyranny. Through these observances, Somalis honor their religious heritage and reinforce their commitment to the principles of faith and community.

Ashura Observances

Friday July 28 2023 Ashura Public Holiday
Wednesday July 17 2024 Ashura Public Holiday
Sunday July 06 2025 Ashura (Tentative Date) Public Holiday

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