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  • The Sacred Month of Muharram

    Muharram is the month with which the Muslims begin their lunar (Hegira) Calendar. It is one of the four sacred months about which the Quran Says (what means): {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…} [Quran 9: 36] These.. More

  • The significance of the month of Muharram

    Many rewards and blessings can be gained throughout the Islamic year, not only in Ramadan. The blessed month of Muharram (lit. sanctified) is the first month of the Hijri calendar and is one of the four sacred months concerning which Allah Almighty Says what means: {Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months in the register of.. More

  • The beginning of a New Islamic Year

    Thismonth marks the beginning of a new Islamic year, which was initiated after the Hijrah, or emigration, of Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and which marked the formation of the first Muslim nation within an independent Islamic territory under the rule of Muslims. The Muslims had no formal annual calendar until the caliphate of ‘Umar.. More

  • The history of 'Aashooraa'

    Muslims must fear Allah and take lessons from what He has told us in the Noble Quran regarding the Prophets and Messengers of Allah and the previous nations. Allah Says (what means): “There was certainly in their stories a lesson for those of understanding. Never was the Quran a narration invented, but a confirmation of what was before it and.. More

  • Fasting on the day of ‘Aashooraa’

    ‘Aashooraa’ is the 10th day of Muharram (the first month of the Islamic calendar). There is a great reward in fasting on the day of ‘Aashooraa’. There are many Hadeeths that mention its great virtues. It is highly recommended to fast on this day, although it is not obligatory. Mu‘aawiyah Ibn Abi Sufyaan, may Allah be pleased.. More

  • The Day of ‘Aashoora’

    Question: Teach me about ‘Aashoora’ in detail? Fatwa: All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His Slave and Messenger. 'Aashoora’ is the 10th day of Muharram. On this day Prophet Muhammad,.. More

  • A new Hijri Year

    A new Hijri Year We recently bid farewell to a year that will be a witness for or against us. We received a new year. A segment of man’s life has just finished and the more days pass by, the closer we draw to the Hereafter. Imam Al-Hasan Al-Basri said: “O son of Adam! You are but a collection of days; whenever a day passes, a part of.. More

  • The virtues of Muharram and fasting on 'Aashooraa' – III

    Not relying too much on the reward for fasting Some people rely too much on things like fasting on ‘Aashooraa’ or the day of ‘Arafah, to the extent that some of them say: “Fasting on ‘Aashooraa’ will expiate for the sins of the whole year, and fasting on the day of ‘Arafah will bring extra rewards.”.. More

  • The virtues of Muharram and fasting on ‘Aashooraa’ - II

    Which day is ‘Aashooraa’? Ibn Qudaamah, may Allah have mercy on him, said: “‘Aashooraa’ is the tenth day of Muharram..”. It was what was reported by Ibn ‘Abbaas, who said: ‘The Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam,commanded us to fast ‘Aashooraa’, the tenth day of Muharram.’.. More

  • The virtues of Muharram and fasting on ‘Aashooraa’ - I

    Allah’s sacred month of Muharram is a blessed and important month. It is the first month of the Hijri calendar (Islamic calendar which started with the Prophet’s migration from Makkah to Madeenah) and is one of the four sacred months concerning which Allah Says (what means): "Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months.. More

  • The Sacred Months

    Allah Almighty Says (what means): “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.. More

  • Significance of the Islamic Hijri Calendar

    The first of Muharram marks the beginning of the new Islamic, or Hijra year. It also points to one of the most significant events in the Islamic history, i.e., the Hijra (Divinely ordained migration) of Muhammad, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, the Prophet of Islam, from Makkah to Madeenah, nearly 1435 years ago. The Islamic calendar, which is based purely.. More

  • Hijrah: Resilience and resolve

    It was 1430 years ago when Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and his faithful Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, embarked on a journey that changed not only their future, but the face of history as well. Finally, the Muslims found a place where they can be free from the arrogance, discrimination and torture of the Pagan Arabs.. More

  • Being careful of Satan during the Sacred Months

    We must be sure of Allah's absolute Wisdom in who He chooses as messengers from angels and mankind, and what He favors in certain times and places. Allah Almighty favored Makkah over all other places and made Madeenah, the abode of the Prophet's migration, next to Makkah in preference, then Bayt Al-Maqdis (Jerusalem) the abode of the majority of prophets... More

  • The wisdom behind the late prescription of fasting the ninth of Muharram

    Question: Why did the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, not order the Companions to fast the ninth of Muharram except a year before his death, despite the fact that the Jews left Madeenah a long time before this? Fatwa: All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah,.. More

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