The Month of Muharram is here so Let’s have a look on the virtues of this Holy month.
Muharram is the very first month of the Hijri calendar and is one of the four sacred months.
“Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are Sacred, (i.e. the 1st, the 7th, the 11th and the 12th months of the Islamic calendar).That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein, and fight against the Mushrikûn (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allâh) collectively), as they fight against you collectively. But know that Allâh is with those who are Al-Muttaqûn.” (At-Tawbah 9:36)
The Explanation of “… so wrong not yourselves therein”:
It was reported that Ibn ‘Abbaas said that this phrase (so wrong not yourselves therein) referred to all the months, then these four were singled out and made sacred, so that sin in these months is more serious and good deeds bring a greater reward.
Muharram—One of the four Sacred months:
Narrated by Abu Bakr (RA): The Prophet (PBUH) said.
“(The division of time has turned to its original form which was current when Allah created the Heavens and the Earths. 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 of (the tribe of) Mudar which comes between Jumadi-ath-Thaniyah and Sha ban.” Muharram is so called because it is a sacred (muharram) month and to confirm its sanctity.” [Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 54, Number 419]
The Sunnahs of Month of Muharram :
1. Increase naafil fasts during Muharram:
Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying:
“The most excellent fast after Ramadan is God’s month al-Muharram, and the most excellent prayer after what is prescribed is prayer during the night.” [Sahih Muslim, Book 006, Number 2611]
2. Fasting on Ashoora
The historical significance of Aashooraa. Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: When the Prophet (PBUH) came to Medina, he found (the Jews) fasting on the day of ‘Ashura’ (i.e. 10th of Muharram). They used to say:
“This is a great day on which Allah saved Moses and drowned the folk of Pharaoh. Moses observed the fast on this day, as a sign of gratitude to Allah.” The Prophet (PBUH)said, “I am closer to Moses than they.” So, he (PBUH) observed the fast (on that day) and ordered the Muslims to fast on it. [Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4,Book 55, Number 609].
“Moosa fasted on this day” – a report narrated by Muslim adds: “… in thanksgiving to Allah, so we fast on this day.” According to a report narrated by al-Bukhaari: “… so we fast on this day to venerate it.”
3. The virtues of fasting ‘Aashooraa’
Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:
“I never saw the Prophet seeking to fast on a day more (preferable to him) than this day, the day of ‘Ashura’, or this month, i.e. the month of Ramadan.” [Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 31, Number 224].
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“…For fasting the day of ‘Aashooraa’, I hope that Allah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.” [Sahih Muslim, Book 006, Number 2602].
This is from the bounty of Allah towards us: for fasting one day He gives us expiation for the sins of a whole year. And Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty.
A version narrated by Imam Ahmad ads:
“This is the day on which the Ark settled on Mount Joodi, so Noah fasted this day in thanksgiving.”
Which day is ‘Aashooraa’?
Al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
“Our companions said: ‘Aashooraa’ is the tenth day of Muharram and Taasoo’aa’ is the ninth day. This is our opinion, and that of the majority of scholars (al-Majmoo’)
So let’s try to do the good deeds at our best and make the most of this sacred month – Inshaa Allah!!
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