Muharram 2018 : Significance and History Muharram Festival

The calender of Islams comprises of twelve months. In amid of these months the month of Ramadan is popular between the Muslim Ummah because of the fasting that takes place in this month. Then there is the month of shawal when a great occasion Eid-Ul- Fitr takes place and then there is the month of dhul hijja which is popularly known for the watching of Hajj. Every Muslim is familiar with the popularity and the merits of these months, however, there are other months as well that are special like these months.

One of the special months in the calendar of Islam is the month of Muharram. It is the introductory month in the Islamic list and it has various hadiths and a poetry of Quran associated with it that highlights its sanctity and Blessedness.

Fasting In Muharram:

The other important thing for which Muharram is considered sacred and is given a greater advantage is the abstain from food this month. 

“The best of deprived of food is after Ramadan is fasting Allah’s month of Muharram.”(Muslim)

From the hadith, it is clear that if there is any other month that can help increase the blessing of the sacred act of fasting after the obligatory fasting month of Ramadan, it is the month of Muharram. The rewards of voluntary starving require no introduction, it is one of the sacred works a Muslim can undertake and in the light of this hadith, the reward of voluntary fasting is surely to increase substantially when done in the month of Muharram celebration. Therefore, if you are considering by choice fasting after the month of Ramadan, then the best month for fasting is the month of Muharram and assembling as many blessings for the deed as much as possible. 

In outline, the month of Muharram in the add-on of being the basic or the starting month of the Islamic year is also a month that is sacred and the jewel in its crown of sacredness is the day of Ashoora on which if a Muslim fast it brings humongous benefits and blessings.

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