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The word Ashura is an Arabic word, which means numeric 10. Ashura is a sacred religious event for all Muslims. Muslims are divided into two major sects, 1- Shia Muslims, 2- Sunni Muslims, but Shia Muslims celebrate this event differently than Sunni Muslims. This event  is celebrated every year according to the Islamic this month. Ashura reminds the great sacrification of Imam Hussain a.s holy grandson holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). How Imam Hussain a.s was betrayed and killed along with his family and friends in the battle of Karbala. This lecture will be very informative for those who have an interest in the background and consequences of the battle of Karbala.

Nadia Batool Bokhari is currently a full-time M.S. journalism student at Columbia University Newyork. She works as a freelance journalist and TV anchor from Pakistan. She has over a decade of international reporting experience, often focusing on issues of social justice, human rights, and health. She's received fellowships from the U.S. on the multimedia web tools, health reporting, Census 2020. She has studied journalism in the USA, UK, India, and Pakistan. Follow her on Twitter at @nadiabatool  

University Open Air is generously supported by The Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund. WNYC is a media partner of the 2020 BPL Presents Season.

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