Ashura denotes the tenth (10th) day of the first month of the Islamic calendar, Muharram. This day is the culmination of the mourning ceremony of the Muslims, in memory of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, Imam Hussain (peace be upon him and his family).
Nearly 50 years after the death of Muhammad (the last prophet of Islam), the Muslim Empire suffered from corruption under the tyrant and monarchy caliph Yazid of the Ummayade family. Hussain, Ali's son and Muhammad's grandson, took a stand on Yazid's evil government. While Yazid was feared and hated for his ruthlessness and abuse of power, Hussain was loved and respected by everyone in the community, both by friends and foes. Yazid realized this and understood that if he could convince Hussain to support him, the people would follow suit and show blind loyalty.
Hussain had a choice between either supporting the tyrant and living a comfortable and luxurious life, or denying loyalty and most likely being killed for his decision and position. Hussain could not live his life as a supporter and supporter of tyranny, and the choice for him was simple. Hussain refused, saying, "I only want to spread good values and prevent evil."
This election is remembered by Hussain for by millions of followers worldwide across countries and continents, among both religious, ideological and ethnic congregations and individuals.