2013-11-07 01:43:40 | Al Muslim News


Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. The first day of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar, marks the start of the Islamic New Year. Many Muslims in countries such as Australia and US observe the start of the Islamic New Year on the first day of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar. It is one of the four sacred months of the year in which fighting are prohibited. The first day of Muharram is an Islamic observance and is not a federal public holiday. Muharram-ul-Haram, the one of those four months which are called the months in which fighting was prohibited and they are Muharram, Rajab, Zeeqa’ad and Zilhajj. It is the month in which Imam ( ), the greatest personality of great family along with 72 members of his companions, holy children and relatives offered such great sacrifice in the burning plain of Karabala for the eminence of Islam, which is matchless in the whole human history. He is the great leader of all oppressed nations in the world. Infact Karbala is the fountainhead of all oppressed movements. 10th day of the month of Muharam is known as the Day of Ashura. The last few days up until and including the Day of Ashura are the most important because these were the days in which (...) and his family and followers (consisting of 72 people, including women, children and elderly people were martyred at the Battle of Karbala. Surviving members of the holy family and those of his followers were taken captive, marched to Damascus, and imprisoned there. Imam ( ) says: “In the month of muharram nobody had ever seen my father happy and merry. During this month he remained in continuous grief and pain and on the 10th of this month he was used to say “today Imam ( ) was martyred brutally”. After Ramadan, the fasts of Muharram have the greatest excellence. In this month is an excellent day—the day of ‘Ashura—which falls on the 10th of Muharram. The ( ) recommended that we fast on this day, by his Sunnah. He also indicated how we should observe the fast of ‘Ashura. Muharram ul Haram teaches us lessons of admonition, good counselling, knowledge of GOD, sacrifice, selflessness, patience and seeking the pleasure of GOD. The tenth day of Muharram (Ashurah) has many distinctive qualities and features. GOD created the heavens and the earth on this blessed day. On this day He gave His infinite blessings and bounties to many of His ( ) and delivered them from the clutches of their enemies. Worship GOD as much as you can on ‘Ashura. Whoever fasts on this day is like one who fasts all his life. Whoever clothes a naked person GOD will release him from a painful punishment. He who visits a sick person,GOD will grant him a reward that will not be decreased. Whoever places his hand on an orphan’s head, or feeds a hungry person or gives water to a thirsty man, GOD will feed him a feast from Paradise and will quench his thirst with Salsabil (a wine that does not intoxicate). And who ever takes a Ghusl on this day will enjoy excellent health and freedom from sickness and indolence. Whoever provides generously for his family on this day, GOD will be generous to him throughout this year. And whoever applies Kuhl to his eyes will never suffer from eye-sore again. The following are some of the desirable acts one should do on the day of Ashurah: Observe fast on this day. Give as much charity as you can afford. Perform Nafl Salat prayers.Recite Surah Ikhlas 1000 times. Visit and be in the company of pious Ulema. Place a hand of affection on an orphan’s head. Give generously to one’s relatives. Put surma in one’s eyes. Take a bath. Cut one’s nails. Visit the sick. Establish friendly ties with one’s enemies. Recite Dua-e- Ashurah. Visit the shrines of Aowliyas and the graves of Muslims. O’ GOD! Bless us to perform good deeds and gain their reward on ‘Ashura. Make the New Year one of unity, cooperation and success for Muslims in this city and around the world. Ameen..

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