Battle of Karbala

Battle in October 680 between Al-Yazid I and Al-Husayn ibn Ali

The Battle of Karbala took place on Muharram 10, in the year 61 AH of the Islamic calendar (October 10, 680 AD)a in Karbala, in present-day Iraq.[1] A small group of supporters and relatives of Muhammad's grandson, Husayn ibn Ali fought against a larger army serving Yazid I, the Umayyad caliph.[2][3] The Umayyads won. The forces of Ali were the Shia. Shi'ites every year commemorate the battle of the Day of Ashura.


  1. Madelung, Wilferd. "Hosayn b. ali". Encyclopædia Iranica. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  2. Lohouf, Tradition No.177
  3. Lohouf, Tradition No.181