DEARBORN -- Many Muslims throughout Metro Detroit will commemorate an Islamic holy day today with thoughts of struggling against injustice and oppression.
Ashura, which falls on Feb. 9 this year, always occurs on the 10th day of the month of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic lunar year, which this year began Jan. 31.
Some Muslims will remember God saving Musa, or Moses, from the Egyptian pharaoh. Others will mourn the massacre of Hussain, a grandson of Muhammad, after Hussain struggled against a corrupt leader.
Despite the different purposes, there is a common message for the day, and one that even transcends religious beliefs, local Muslims say.
"There's real universality to the struggle against injustice, and it's especially important for American Muslims, who are under extreme pressure and facing prejudice in this post-9-11 society," said Dawud Walid of the Council on American Islamic Relations. "The stories of Ashura are empowering for Muslims because these righteous people who came before us had to struggle and face their tests to reach their goal of trying to obtain freedom, justice and equality."