Alhamdulillah, it is through the grace and mercy of Allah (SWT) that we have witnessed the beginning of another Islamic New Year. Muharram is the first month of the Islamic Calendar and one of the four sacred months. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is reported to have said, “The year is of twelve months, out of which four months are sacred: Three are in succession Dhul-Qa`da, Dhul-Hijja and Muharram, and (the fourth is) Rajab.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]
Amongst the days of Muharram, the most sacred day is the Day of Ashura which falls on the 10th of Muharram. On this day, Prophet Musa (peace be upon him) and the Children of Israel were saved from Pharoah and his pursuing army.
When Nabi Muhammad (SAW) arrived in Madinah, he found that the Jews fasted on the Tenth of Muharram and asked them the reason for their fasting. They said, “This is a blessed day. On this day Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemy (in Egypt) and so Prophet Musa [Moses] fasted on this day giving thanks to Allah.” Nabi Muhammad (SAW) said, “We are closer to Musa than you are.” He, Rasulullah (SAW) then fasted on that day and commanded the Muslims to fast on this day. [Al-Bukhari] It is also reported that Nabi Muhammad (SAW) intended to fast on the ninth and tenth. Ibn ‘Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah fasted on the Day of Ashura and ordered the people to fast on it. The people said, “O Messenger of Allah, it is a day that the Jews and Christians honor.”Nabi Muhammad (SAW) said, “When the following year comes, Allah willing, we shall fast on the ninth.” The death of Nabi Muhammad (SAW) came before the following year. [Muslim and Abu Dawud]
Our beloved Nabi Muhammad (SAW) was asked about fasting on the day of ‘Ashura (10th of Muharram), he said: “It expiates the sins of the preceding year.” [Muslim]
Jam ‘Eyyatul Qurra’ Management and staff wish you a blessed New Year. We pray that Allah (SWT) record our names amongst those who will be forgiven and may all our duas be readily accepted Inshaa-Allah. May peace and love be our way as an Ummah, Ameen.