the first month in the Islamic calendar. Shi`ites observe the first 10 days of Muharram in remembrance of the martyrdom of Husain at Karbala, and re-enact the martyrdom. During this time, Shiites abstain from all forms of entertainment.

Sunnis commemorate the 9th, 10th or 11th of Muharram as the time when God rescured the Israelites from Pharaoh of Egypt.

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