Post # 1
I’m Muslim but I’m not strictly observant. However, I do pay attention to important events like Ramadan and Ashura. This year, Ashura is said to fall on November 24, 2012. I also read that for observant Muslims, it would actually be on November 23. I know that on Ashura celebratory events are highly not recommended–and even forbidden (if you are strictly observant). Could someone please tell me if this means that November 23 and 24 are holy days– or is it just the 23rd for observant Muslims?
Post # 3
I have the same situation as well. I’ve had cousins religious and semi religious have their weddings during Ashura, and I’m not as religious as my religious cousins, but I want to avoid it just to be respectful during the time of Ashura. And my FI’s mother is pretty strict and superstitious so were just avoiding celebrating during that time for Islamic sake.
Post # 4
I don’t think it’s a matter of if you’re strictly observant; it matters whether you’re Shia or Sunni. And, the date thing – it just depends on where in the world you are and the moon thing.
For example, I’m posted in Afghanistan, so it would probably be a different day than in the US. From my (non-Muslim living in Muslim countries) experience with Ashura, it’s a one day gig.