The month of Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic New Year, though not celebrated with lavish parties or get togethers; a new year brings a new vigour and zeal in our life. There are some important and significant events that took place in Muharram. Surely, the Islamic New Year should create a feeling of accomplishments of our goals and objectives set for the new upcoming year, set the target for the next year. The aim was to battle against ‘Kufr, Shirk’ and Falshood’. For that Prophet Muhammad pbub gave a great sacrifices to establish the truth. Moreover this occasion must be remembered with a milestone in Islamic history i.e Hijrah (Migration) 1440 years ago.
Prophet Muhammad pbuh along with his companions left the Mecca – his home, his people and emigrated to Madina by the will of Allah. This remind us the great sacrifices and struggle for the upholding and enforcement of complete Deen (religion of Islam) on earth. When Abu Bakr RA was afraid of pagans, Propget pvuh consoled him saying “Be not sad (or afraid), surely , Allah is with us.” Such a firm determination! taught the same to his companion. They fulfilled the entrusted mission only for the sake of Allah. Just imagine, no resources, no supply of food, not certainty about future, but submitted to Allah’s command isn’t it ? Muslim not only faced all the challenges but also victory came through effort or struggle. Aren’t we enjoying the great blessings of Allah and still have many complaints, right?
It’s time to recall the great efforts made by our beloved propher pbub messenger of Allah and his companion, do pray for them and start with new aims and aspirations with the agenda based on the lessons and message from Hijrah and try to fulfill our duty and responsibilities towards Allah. Quran state emphatically : “You are the best nation produced [as an example] for mankind. You enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and believe in Allah….” (Quran 3: 110) The criteria is shown that that to remain best nation can only be possible if we fulfill the duty imposed by the creator.That’s the only way to prove our claim, that we are true believers and obiedent slaves of Allah.
Ashura is the most important day of Muharram : Ashura of Muharram – 10th of Muharram (the day of Ashura / Ashoora) is observed as an important day by Myslim – however, for different reasons. Most scholars believe that Ahsura is named as such because of “tenth” of Muharram (ten is translated as “Ashara” in the Arabic language). Muslims look at Ashura as a day of “respect and gratitude”.
Ashura’ commemorates the day that Allah saved the Children of Israel from Pharaoh. Fasting on Muharram 10 (preferable two fast 9/10 or 10 /11), known as the Day of ‘Ashura’, expiates for the sins of the past year. When the Prophet pbuh arrived in Madinah in 622 CE, he found that the Jews there fasted on Muharram 10 and asked them the reason for their fasting on this day. 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.” The Prophet pbuh said, “We are closer to Musa than you are.” He fasted on that day and commanded Muslims to fast on this day. (Al-Bukhari)