Azerbaijan, Baku, 19 January / Тrend corr S. Ilhamgizi / The Ashura Day is a fundamental event for inculcation of patriotism and heroism. "That is also an event calling on the people to keep internal purity and moral confession," Ilgar Ibrahimoglu, a philosopher and theological scientist, the head of the Jum Mosque in the Old City in Baku, said to Trend on 19 January.
The Muslims mark the 10th day of the Moharram Month - Ashura (in the Arabic language means 'ten').
The Shiites mark this day as a commemoration of imam Hussein, the of son Ali and Fatima, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad. He was killed on 10 Moharram in the 61st year of the Hegira calendar (on 10 October of 680) nearby Karbala. Hussein with a small number of troops fought against Yazid, who, to the Shiites's viewpoint, seized the power which did not belong to him. Hussein was defeated and he died as a result of the wounds he received.
According to Ibrahimoglu, the Moharram Month embodies such high qualities as courage, invincibility, bravery, devotion and genuine civil position.
On the Day of Ashura, in the field of Karbala Imam Hussein and his 72 brother-in-arms were protecting divine truths, and the army of Yazid including 30,000 were serving to Satan. The unequal combat was a real confrontation of the Goodness and the Evil, the theological scientist said.
"In Karbala, there were on one side all negativities, ignorance, perfidy, hypocrisy, greed. On the other side there was love, construction, honesty, charity - the persons of high moral. That was an unequal combat, not only confrontation of the Goodness and the Evil. In fact, that was the peak, culmination of contradictions' confrontation. The invader, oppressor united negativity and backwardness, but Imam Hussein was the most generous symbol of the best qualities defined by the God for the people," Ibrahimoglu said.
At each stage of the six-month caravan trip from Medina to Mecca and onwards to Karbala Imam Hussein was stressing that oppression is inadmissible and the divine values are eternal.
"The Ashura, which took place 1368 years ago, will be a symbol of freedom for people, for Ashura reminds of person's high and glorious post - to be free," Ibrahimoglu said.