Berkeley Art and Interreligious Pilgrimage Project

Retracing the Ashura Eve Vigil

Shias around the world annually commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain in 61 AH/680 CE. While millions flock at Karbala to perform a pilgrimage of his shrine which serves as a poignant reminder of sacrifice, resistance, and divine love, those who are not able to make the journey recreate the aura of solemn reflection and community spirit in their local mosques. Join me as I share insights from participating in the Ashura Vigil held by Masjid Al-Hayy in Florida on July 28th, 2023. The Ashura Vigil embodies collective remembrance, grief, and solidarity, honoring the sacrifice of women, children, and men who supported Imam Hussain’s stand against injustice.

About Your Guide: Mahjabeen Dhala, PhD

Dr. Mahjabeen Dhala is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of the Madrasa-Midrasha Program at the Graduate Theological Union. Dr. Dhala’s work focusses on the contributions and challenges of pre-modern Muslim women viz-a-viz Islamic understandings of faith, philosophy, and justice. Having served as spiritual guide on several Muslim pilgrimages, she continues to be passionate about pilgrimage as embodied documentation and commemoration of counter narratives by Muslim minorities and as sites of religious and interreligious encounters with art and material culture.