Salle ala Muhammed wa Aale Muhammed wa salam ala Aba Abdillah
Sunnis observe Muharram, they follow the Zainabi custom of Majlis, they observe Marsiya and Nohay Khwanis, offer Niyaz and cry, i know Shia won't believe this, but this is true.
They fast on the two day one on Ashura second either 9th or 11th, for them Matam is Haram so they won't observe Matam but there is no restriction on crying.
They believe most of the important events of history happened on this day Ashura, also, one very important practise is they will read the Duae Imame Sajjad Zainul Abidaen before the sunset, Sunni version of Ziyarah of Imame Sajjad.
A special dish of left over pulses ( mixed pulses) is made to remember the event of Karbala, how Ahlul bayt
were forced to cook whatever was left after Martyrdom of Husain
, this is usually offered in Niyaz. Qur'an Khwanis are organised and they sent its sawab to Imam Husain
and other martyrs. And yeah why should i forget this, they accuse Shias for being original culprits behind Karbala.
Also, since Sunnis believe Imam Mahdi
will appear on the day of Ashura, so its like praying to be on side of Imam Mahdi
Here is an attachment to Sunni version of Duae Imame Sajjad, the most important custom of Sunnis on Ashura.
Edited by Mazher's, 30 January 2006 - 07:53 AM.