ll days of the year are essentially the same. It is human beings, their determination, and selfless efforts that make certain days prominent and turn them into a flag to guide other people. Ashura – the 10th of Muharram – is not in itself different from other days. It was Imam Hussein (p.b.u.h.) who gave life and meaning to that day and raised its position. It was the selfless efforts of Hussein ibn Ali’s (p.b.u.h.) companions that made Ashura so important.
(Leader of Islamic Ummah and Oppressed People Imam Sayyed Ali Khamenei’s Speech to People of Qom -09/01/2010)