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They observe the 10th of Muharram, the day of `Ashura, as a day of public mourning.
On the 11th of Muharram 656 (January 1258) Hulaku arrived under the walls of the capital.
The era begins from the first day of the month of Muharram preceding the flight, or first day of that Arabian year which coincides with Friday, July 16, 622 A.D.
The day after Barkiyaroq's triumphant entry into Bagdad, Muharram 487 (February 1094), he died suddenly, apparently by poison.