Muharram, a Sacred Month, and Its Benefits.

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What time is Muharram?

The first month of the Hijri calendar, Muharram, sometimes referred to as Muharram-ul-Haram, ushers in the Islamic calendar year. The Prophet Muhammad (saw) referred to it as “the Sacred Month of Allah,” making it the only month to which Allah’s name has been affixed. As a result, it is exceptionally blessed.

It is one of the four sacred months, and its name makes clear how special it is. The name “Muharram” literally translates to “forbidden,” indicating that it is so holy that some deeds are prohibited during it because they would compromise its sanctity. The name of the month of Muharram and the name of Allah’s House (Al-Masjid Al-Haram) are derived from the same Arabic root word; both are holy places where every deed, whether good or bad, has more weight.

What makes Muharram so unique?

In fact, from the day He created the heavens and the earth, there have been twelve [lunar] months in Allah’s calendar, of which four are holy. Do not mistreat yourself during them; that is the right religion. (Qur’an, 9:36)Ibn Katheer (rh) explains this verse by saying, “Allah has chosen elites from His creation: from the angels He chose Messengers, from mankind He chose Messengers, from speech He chose remembrance of Him (dhikr), from places on Earth He chose the mosques, from months He chose Ramadan and the sacred months.”Therefore, honour what Allah has selected because those who possess understanding and wisdom revere Allah’s choices. Ibn Katheer’s Tafseer

Muharram is remarkable as a result just by virtue of Allah’s choice. During this holy month, he warns us not to “wrong ourselves,” which is code for keeping our intentions clean, acting morally, and avoiding sin.

Which four months are considered holy?

Additionally, Allah has designated Rajab, Dhul Qa’dah, and Dhul Hijjah as holy months.

Due to the historical significance of Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhul-Hijjah, and Muharram, pilgrims were historically permitted to conduct the Hajj without fear of banditry or war. Fighting was prohibited in the three months of Dhul-Qa’dah, when pilgrims would be travelling to conduct the Hajj, Dhul-Hijjah, when they would be performing the Hajj in Makkah and its environs, and Muharram, when they would be returning from the Hajj. In pre-Islamic times, the Arabs upheld this ideal, and Allah affirms it in the Qur’an.

The seventh month of the Hijri calendar is Rajab, which is distinct from the others as a holy month. This was done historically to permit people to conduct Umrah in Rajab if they so desired.

What advantages does Muharram offer?

Even though many of us recognise the significance of the month of Ramadan, we frequently overlook the holy months. But they give us a plethora of chances that we can not get at any other time of the year to ask Allah for his mercy and favour. They are the finest times to get closer to Allah since Allah Alone has chosen them as such.

As was previously indicated, our deeds are more significant during Muharram, just as they are more significant around the Kaaba. As a result, there is a chance to earn more prizes every day, but there is also a risk that our evil activities will earn us additional sins. This means that we need to be particularly careful about how we behave in all areas of our lives, including our relationships, jobs, worship, and time management. Every action can become a chance for a reward if it is done with the right intention.

What are some Sunnah or recommended deeds during Muharram?

It is very advised to fast as much as you can during Muharram (although Ramadan is the only time of year to do so). The Sacred Month of Allah (Muharram) is the greatest time to fast after Ramadan, according to the Prophet of Allah (saw). (Muslim)

Even the Quraysh used to fast on specific days during the Jahiliyah (era of ignorance) because Muharram was considered to be so sacred. The Day of Ashura, which commemorates Allah’s (SWT) release of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his people from Pharaoh’s shackles, is one of these occasions:

The Prophet (saw) arrived in Madinah and observed the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Ashura, according to Ibn ‘Abbas (ra). “What is this?” he questioned. They declared, “Musa fasted on this day because it is a righteous day and Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemies.” He (saw) fasted on that day and gave the Muslims the order to do the same after declaring, “We have more right to Musa than you.” (Bukhari)

Fasting on the day of Ashura, according to the Prophet of Allah (saw), “expiates the minor sins of the previous year” (Muslim). Therefore, fasting on this day is strongly advised.

In order to distinguish between his Ummah and the People of the Book, the Prophet (saw) also counselled us to fast on the ninth and/or eleventh of Muharram. As we all know, adhering to the Prophet’s Sunnah is blessed in abundance. If you’re interested in learning more about the Day of ‘Ashura, including its rich history and various blessings, check out our other blog entry on the subject.

Should I pay my Zakat during the month of Muharram?

Although it is not specifically advised, Zakat was once taken from the Ummah on the first of Muharram during the time of the Prophet (saw). One of the reasons why many Muslims worldwide still opt to give their Zakat in Muharram or Ramadan is the enhanced reward offered for observing the seasons of the year that Allah favours.

If you’d rather pay your zakat over the course of the entire year, you can use our zakat calculator to estimate how much you should pay and split it by twelve. By setting up a recurring subscription to our Yemen Water Fund, where every £10 will provide 10 people with water for life, you may use your Zakat this year to aid in the restoration of the city of Ma’rib’s water system in Yemen.

Another fantastic method to stretch out these monthly payments is to sponsor an orphan; it only costs 98p per day and profoundly changes a child’s life!

The majority of Muslim Hands’ initiatives, from our long-term efforts to end poverty to our urgent appeals and campaigns, are eligible for Zakat. If you’re unsure which initiative to support, you may also donate to our Zakat Fund, and our experts will pick which communities will benefit from it the most.

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