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Muharram: Islamic New Year, Significance, & How to Observe It

Muharram 2024: Islamic New Year, History, Significance, & Day of Ashura Explained

What is Muharram?

Muharram is the month that begins the first month on Muharram in the Islamic calendar and therefore signifies the beginning of the Islamic New Year. Muharram also has a higher significance as we can see from the Holy Qur’an that Muharram is among the four holy months.

The meaning behind Muharam is prohibited, referring on the notion that it’s an one of four holy months during which war is prohibited.

Muslims are encouraged to participate in more religious activities in this holy month.

When is Muharram 2024?

Muharram is the month that begins in Muharram, which is the first month of Islamic calendar (also called Muharram is also known as Lunar calendar or Hijri calendar). It is the first month of the Islamic calendar. Islamic calendar is based on the 12 lunar months. The appearance of the moon’s new phase marks the beginning of the new month.

The year 2024 will be the first. Muharram will begin on Wednesday 07th July 2024.

In this month of joy we reap the benefits of the good works we do are multiplied, and any sin can be more serious.

The most Important Dates for Muharram:

1st Muharram

It is believed that the first day of Muharram signifies the start of the new Islamic Year. Although there aren’t any specific times of prayer for Muslims to observe on the first day of Muharram, Muslims may use this day to think about the struggles and journeys that our beloved prophet Muhammad (SAW) as well as the Muslims of his day.

The Day of Ashura

It is the Day of Ashura is celebrated on the 10th of Muharram. Muharram is among the most holy days of the Islamic calendar.

The Day of Ashura is the day when the execution of Imam Hussain (AS) in the Battle of Karbala took place.

It also marks the day when prophet Musa (AS) as well as the children of Israeel were liberated from slavery by Allah away from Pharaoh as well as his troops.

The 9th Muharram is a suggested fast to observe on Ashura. Ashura and eleventh Muharram will be the day on which one is able to do the extra recommended fast, if one has was unable to observe the 9th.

Commemorating Muharram

What do you think Muharram being commemorated?

Muharram is commemorated in the fourth of sacramental months, as decreed through Allah (SWT). The name of the month is the month of Allah this is the reason the reason it’s a special month and is among the most favored months of the Islamic calendar. The background of Muharram is lengthy and a lot of significant events have taken place in the month of Muharram.

There are twelve month that are part of the Islamic calendar However, we are more knowledgeable about certain months than other months. We all know that we fast during Ramadan and most people are aware of how we sacrificed Dhul Hijjah. Muharram is, however, to be a little less known. The month of the holy is described by the Hadith by the name that is the month of Allah (SWT) which is the only other month gets this honor.

It is a month that has Muharram is a time of historical and religious significance for Muslims. It is not just the month declared in the name of Allah (SWT) for being sacred but it’s also one of the first months on the Islamic calendar, which is the time of the hijrah (emigration) of the Muslims to Medina and the establishing in the first Islamic state in the year 622CE.

“A man came to the Prophet (PBUH) and said: ‘Which fasting is better after the month of Ramadan?’ He said: ‘The month of Allah which is called Muharram.”

Hadith | Ibn Majah

Abu Hurairah narrated that:

Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months in the register of Allah [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred. That is the correct religion [i.e., way], so do not wrong yourselves during them. And fight against the disbelievers collectively as they fight against you collectively. And know that Allah is with the righteous [who fear Him].

Qur’an | 9:36

What are the festivals associated with Muharram?

Muharram is among the holy months that is ordained by Allah. This is why it’s a great time to allow Muslims to include rituals such as Sadaqah Jariyah as well as the nafl (voluntary) prayers as well as fasting, and Qur’an recitation.

Muslims can also reflect on the new year’s beginning by visiting the mosque, reminiscing about the previous Islamic (Hijri) calendar year as well as spending quality time with family members.

Muharram Importance

Muharram has a lot of significance for Muslims due to having been one of four most sacred months, it’s also one of the months when numerous significant historical Islamic events occurred.

This includes the Hijra Sharif, the migration of Muslims to Madina and the death of Imam Hussain (AS) and other relatives from the Prophet (Peace be on the Prophet) during the Karbala battle. Karbala.

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

How does it work in Muharram?

While Muslims rejoice in the beginning to the beginning of the Islamic Year in Muharram seeing it as a chance to increase their closeness towards Allah, Muharram is also an occasion to remember those who belong to the Muslim Ummah.

The 10th Muharram (Day of Ashura) in the 61st year of the Islamic Calendar, the Battle of Karbala occurred. The battle was fought between an army of members of the family and supporters from the Prophet (PBUH) in addition to the forces of Yazid who was the Ummayad Caliph, who had substantially larger army.

Imam Hussain (AS), the adored grandchild of the Prophet (PBUH) was brutally murdered along with the majority of men in the Prophet (PBUH)’S family.

Fasting during Muharram

A unique day that falls during Muharram it is known as Muharram, which is the holiday that is Ashura. On this day which is at the end of day 10 in Muharram, Muslims are encouraged to observe a fast in the name of prophet Muhammad (SAW).

What happens on the 9th Muharram?

The experts of Islam recommend that Muslims be fast during the 9th day of Muharram and the 10th day of Muharram (‘Ashura). This is due to the Hadith:

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was fasting during the month of ‘Ashura, and instructed those who were fasting, they replied, “O Messenger of Allah, this is a day that is venerated by the Jews and Christians.” The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) stated, “Next year, if Allah wills, we will fast on the ninth day.” However, at the time that the next year arrived and that Messenger of Allah (PBUH) was gone to the grave. (Muslim).

“I never saw the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) so keen to fast any day and give it priority over any other than this day, the day of ‘Ashura’, and this month, meaning Ramadhan.”

Hadith | Sahih al-Bukhari

Virtues of Muharram

The holy months give us an opportunity to seek the favor and mercy that is the mercy and favor of Allah SWT. This means that we have an chance to reap more rewards each day, however, there is also the risk of accruing more sins due to our wrong actions.

There are numerous virtues to Muharram and some simple actions we can take to reap the blessings of this holy month. Here are some suggestions for activities and Sunnah in Muharram.

  • Fast: Make sure to keep a strict Fast on both the 9th and Muharram (the date of Ashura) or on the 11th and 10th Muharram. Fasting is a way to cleanse yourself of any sins.
  • Read the Qur’an: If you are not able to keep a fast, studying the Qur’an or practicing Dhikr can help you experience the benefits of Muharram. Keep in mind that any gathering you attend in the name of Allah SWT can also be awash with barakah. And the Angels will be there with you.
  • Regular Sadaqah : Muharram marks the start of the Islamic New Year, so it’s a great moment to set goals and develop good habits such as making a regular donation to charity so that you will receive blessings throughout the year.


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