(This article was first published on 24 October 2015 and is being reposted from The Quint’s archives.)
Muharram, like Ramzaan is a month in the Islamic calendar. October 24, 2015 is Ashura or the tenth day of the month. The significance of the day is more than just religious.
The narrative behind Muhurram is the root of one of the oldest and most fundamental sectarian conflicts within Islam – the Shia-Sunni conflict – and affects politics around the world even today.