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Muharram and Ashura celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Muharram and Ashura celebrations in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Ashurah celebration in Murat Khani, Old City, Kabul. Muharram/Ashurah in Kabul. The Shia Muslims celebrate Muharram to commemorate the Battle of Karbala and consider this a month of sadness and mourning. The commemoration reaches its climax on the tenth day of Muharram, known as Ashurah. This is the day Husayn ibn Ali, the grand son of the prophet Muhammad was martyred along with his family members and friends in the Battle of Karbala. Many Shia whip themselves with knives on chains on Ashurah.

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