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Muharram: Significance and Religious Virtues Of 1st Islamic Month

Muharram: Significance and Religious Virtues Of 1st Islamic Month

Aug 18th, 2020    |    Islam, Muharram

Muharram is considered a second sacred month after Ramadan. Unquestionably has a lot of importance from a religious perspective. It is the first month of the Islamic year and also well known for important historical religious incidents. Above all, its one of the 4th sacred month chosen by Allah.

“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, so do not wrong yourselves during them…”

(Qur’an, 9:36)

Muharram: Virtue and Religious Value In Islam

Muharram has a lot of religious importance however it’s religious significance is differs from Sunni Muslims to Shia Muslims. There are many important events related to Muharram too. Above all, it’s a sacred month chosen by Allah. Let’s understand the importance of Muharram in detail.

Muharram: Historical Incidents Of 1st Islamic Month

Hazrat Umer(R.A)

Hazrat Umer (R.A) was the second caliph of Islam after Hazrat Abu Bakr (R.A). He was famous for his justice and governance policies. Besides, Hazrat Umer (R.A) was chosen by Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H) for Islam. Unfortunately, was martyred on 1st Muharram. Muslims all over the world celebrate this day with faith and reverence.

“A freed bondswoman of Hafsah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah bestow peace and blessings upon him) said, “Satan has not meet Umar since he became Muslim except murmur in his face.”

Most importantly, Hazrat Umer (R.A) was a pious Muslim and a great leader. Hazrat Umer Farooq ﺭﺿّﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻨﻪ conquered 2.2 million square miles of land including the superpowers of that time, Rome and Persia with an un‐organized army. Muslims organize different religious events and pays tribute to the second caliph of Islam.

Hazrat Imam Hussain(R.A)

In Islam, many sacrifices play an important contribution. Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) along with his companions sacrificed their lives for the glory of Islam. This incident is highly memorable and important for every Muslim, especially to Shia Muslims.

Who Was Hazrat Hussain(R.A)?

First, Hazrat Imam (R.A) was the maternal grandson of the last prophet of Allah. Hazrat Muhammad(P.B.U.H) used to love all the family of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) and declared them Ahl-Bayt (Family of the House).

Sacrifice Of Hazrat Hussain(R.A)

Hazrat Imam Hussain with his 72 companions martyred by Yazeed’s army. They also create a lot of problems for the beloved grandson of the Holy Prophet and all his companions. For Shia, Muharram belongs to the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein Ibn Ali.

Because of the cruelty of the fight and the brutal killing of the Prophet’s grandson numerous Shia grieves and recall the fortitude of the Prophet’s family. Muslims worldwide stage processions and hold rallies during Muharram to mark the anniversary of the death of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammed(P.B.U.H).

Martyrdom of Zain Ul Abideen (R.A)

8th Moharram is the day of Zain Ul Abideen (RA) Martyrdom. He was the son of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A). In Addition, the only survivor of Karbala. Muslims perform special prayers for Zain Ul Abideen (RA).

Important Historical Incidents On 10th Muharram

In the history of Islam, 10th Muharram is the most important day. Many important incidents related to 10th Muharram are as follows.

  • According to Hazrat Sheikh Abdur Rahman Safoori (RA), famous, researcher of the Quran, Allah has created the sky, earth, oceans, and heaven on 10th
  • Allah has created Hazrat Adam and Hazrat Hawa on the day of 10th Muharram.
  • Adam’s forgiveness accepted by Allah on 10th  Muharram. 
  • Prophet Yusuf after 40 years finally met his father Hazrat Yaqoob(AS).
  • Hazrat Younis was released from the stomach of fish on the 10th of Muharram.
  • Hazrat Nuh’s (AS)’s boat (Noah’s Ark) had come to land on this day.
  • Allah saved Prophet Ibrahim from the tyrant Nimrood.
  • On 10th Muharram Hazrat Musa (Moses)and its followers get freedom from the pharaoh.

Hazart Bilal e Habashi (RA)

He was the famous servent of Islam. Hazrat Bilal (R.A) was a slave and face a lot of difficulties for Islam. Above all, Islam honored Hazrat Bilal (R.A)  as the first muezzin Of Islam.

20th Muharram is the death anniversary day of this great Muslim muezzin. Unquestionably, Muslims remember Hazrat Bilal’s (R.A) role and sacrifices for Islam. Muslims also organize different religious events to remember the characteristics and sacrifices of Hazrat Bilal (R.A) in Islam.

Imam Hassan (RA)

Imam Hassan was the eldest son of Hazrat Ali (R.A). He was the brother of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A).  and the maternal grandson of Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H). Hazrat Hassan(R.A) was a very pious and brave leader and was also the caliph of the Muslims.25th Muharram is the birth date of Hazrat Hassan (R.A). Muslims perform special prayers for Hazrat Hassan (R.A).

Important Religious Obligation For Muharram

Muharram is highly important for multiple reasons for Muslims. Undoubtedly, 10th Muharram which is known as Youm e Ashur is very important for Muslims. As Muslims, we must understand the value of Martyrdom of Hazrat Hussain (R.A).  and his companions.

They sacrifice their lives for the glory of Islam. In addition, we must be ready to sacrifice everything for our religion. In this way, we can be a successful afterlife.

“The Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) said: O’ Fatimah! Every eye shall be weeping on the Day of Judgment except the eye which has shed tears over the tragedy of Hussain (A.S.) for surely, that eye shall be laughing and shall be given the glad tidings of the bounties and comforts of Paradise.”

Bihar al‑Anwar, vol. 44 pg. 193.

On 10th Muharram, we must make prayer for the Hazrat Hussain (R.A). and all his companions. Certainly, make sure that we also study their lives and understand why they sacrifice their lives for Islam. We need to analyze ourselves with self-assessment to become a pious Muslim.

Certainly, we should also perform donations and other religious obligations. Undoubtedly, we also must have to courage to fight for justice like Hazrat Imam (R.A) and his companion. Above all, celebrate the sacred month of Muharram with faith and reverence.

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