A selection of the cultural and traditional events that take place in Muharram
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TAKYA / تَكيه


As part of the generosity shown by the Prophets and Imams during their lifetime, eating is a natural part of Islam and thus intensified under Ashura and the memory of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson; Imam Hussain.

Despite the grief over the loss of an Imam, the victory over injustice is celebrated with the distribution of food and drink. Hussain´'s soul and values are affirmed and kept alive by sacrificing for others in the form of such basic resources.

In Denmark, the first public dining event under the name "Zufrat Ruqaya" was organized by young people from the Imam al-Sadiq Center, and thus they led the well-known Iraqi tradition in the heart of Copenhagen City Hall Square.

SABIL / سبيل


Several opponents of Imam Hussain's call for justice used unethical and unethical methods to suppress his voice. Some of these methods were to cast doubt on the Imamen´'s intention and intent of the uprising against Yazid. The rumors promoted, among other things, that Hussain should be interested in the Caliphate and the desire to rule the Muslim world. The Battle of Karbala, however, showed yet another ugly face of the regime in Damascus, where water was used as a weapon in thirsting Imam Hussain´'s camp.

The rejection of water to Imam Hussain was transformed into a symbolic struggle against evil. This is lived out and remembered by distributing water to everyone, regardless of background or point of view, via water stalls called "Sabil".

MUDHIF / مضيف


The word "mudhif" is rooted in the noun and the noun "dhaif" or guest. The place where one welcomes a guest and cares for the guest is a "mudhif".

Some of Imam Hussain´'s lovers and fans want to show their love and earn rewards by donating to various activities under Ashura and Arbaeen. In addition to dining (Zufra or Takya) as well as drinking water stalls (Sabil), activities such as free transport and logistics can be some of these services one can be offered as a guest by the Imam.
A "Mudhif" is one of these types of donations, where the donor often makes his own house or property available as a guest house for Imam Hussain's visitors during the Ashura period and the Arbaeen. This helps somewhat to ease the pressure on paid residences such as hotels and rented properties, as well as create a greater competition for who gives the most and seeks God's satisfaction and achieves the Imam's joy in sacrificing.


It may vary from country to country depending on how Ashura visualizations are set up and performed.

In Denmark, associations such as the Imam al-Sadiq Center have launched an annual parade reminiscent of those in Iraq. The procession visualizes, among other things, using an actor, to dress as the son of Imam Hassan´; (al-) Qasim, who became a martyr at Karbala.
The young man who was to characterize Qasim is dressed in white clothes with a green turban followed by a multicolored light set indicating wedding preparation.
This "Qasim" is acoustically surrounded by drummers and horn players, to show the mixed feelings of marriage and war that prevailed during Qasim´'s situation.
In addition, you will be able to see one or more decorated horses and possibly women dressed as Qasim´'s family.

CHAI ABU-Ali / چاي ابو علي


In recent years, Copenhagen's Northwest district has witnessed an annual Ashura event that takes place in street corners, where water and Iraqi tea are offered.

The well-known al-Hulo family, originally from the city of Basra in Iraq, had a desire to live up to this tradition from their homeland, and thus this was the start of this collection of Iraqi Danes and this cozy stall.
The aim of the booth was to create a social gathering point and a dialogue booth to convey Imam Hussein's message of charity and generosity, as well as commemorate the traditions and stories recounted of the Ashura unifying events of the past, now repeated throughout the world. household.