Yeah it’s 1428.. welcome.. welcome.. but yes, I’m getting older. It’s a new year day in Muslim calendar.. It’s a month with full of history and tragedy.. Prophet Muhammad SAW and his followers has done the pilgrimage from Mecca to Madinah.. Another ‘Ahlul Bait’ (Prophet Muhammad SAW decendant) has been killed in a Battle of Karbala – Saidina Hussain.. Peace be upon him.. It’s also a month that is most sacred to the Syiah (Shi’ite) Muslim community and fasting on the first ten days of the month is observed by Syiah Muslims to commemorate the martyrdom of Saidina Hussain (The beloved grandson of Prophet Muhammad SAW) and the ‘Tragedy of Karbala’…
Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. It is one of the four sanctified months of the year. Fighting in this month is looked down upon and is often put to the side in respect for Islam. Since the Islamic calendar is lunar, Muharram moves from year to year when compared with the Gregorian calendar.
The first day of Muharram is the start of the Islamic New Year. The Festival of Muharram takes place during this month in which Syiah (Shi’ite) Muslims especially commemorate the Battle of Karbala. The commemoration reaches its climax on the tenth day of Muharram, known as Ashurah.
This day is related to the time of Moses when he crossed the Red Sea escaping from the Pharaoh. Sunnah (Sunni) Muslims often fast on this sacred day. However, some Sunnah Muslims do not even recognize this day at all…!
This month of Muharram also has traditions which have no support from Islamic teachings. For example, the celebration of the Muslim new year, and the partying and card giving, etc, associated with it is considered to be a ‘bida’ah’ and even ‘haram’ to all Syiah muslims because they feel it is a time to mourn and it is ‘haram’ to express any happiness.
Muharram is so called because it was unlawful to fight during this month; the word is derived from the word ‘haram’ meaning forbidden. It is held to be the most sacred of all the months. The tenth day is called Ashurah, meaning, ‘the tenth’, and it is a day of voluntary fasting. The Sunnah Muslims also fast during Muharram and on the tenth day as recommended by the Prophet Muhammad during his lifetime..
And as usual, I welcome the ‘Awal Muharram & Maal Hijrah’ with arms wide open.. with hope that as high as the skies.. with smile and tears.. with cheers and fears… with all new resolutions and et cetera…
By the way, I’ve recieved an sms from my old friends just now, which i think it’s good to share with you guys.. here it is..
“The year is almost gone but it has also made us strong, the path was long but we walked it with a ‘song’. There were fears and tears but we also had reasons for cheers… Wishing you happy memories of 1427 and have a great Maal Hijrah 1428, new year… Insyaallah!!”
– Zulkarnain Ibrahim
(Acoi of WMFM – Seremban)..
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