Tuesday, February 15, 2005

The Month Of Muharram

Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,

Take a read of the following beneficial article by Shaykh Maulana Saleem Dhorat hafizahulla, of Islamic Da'wah Academy, Leicester:


by Shaykh Maulana Muhammed Saleem Dhorat

Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, is one of the four sacred months mentioned in the Glorious Qur’ãn:

Lo! The number of the months with Allah is twelve months by Allah’s Ordinance in the day that He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are sacred: that is the right religion. So wrong not yourselves in them...(9:36)

The specification of these four sacred months is stated in a Hadeeth narrated by Aboo Bakrah radhiyallahu anhumaa that Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, “Verily time has completed its cycle and returned to its original stage as it was on the day Allah created the heavens and the earth. The year consists of twelve months, four of which are sacred. Three of them occur consecutively; Zul Qa‘dah, Zul Hijjah and Muharram, (the fourth being) Rajab of Mudhar (named after the tribe of Mudhar as they used to respect this month) which occurs between Jamãdiul Ãkhir and Sha‘bãn.” (Bukhãri)

From out of the four sacred months, Muharram has been blessed with certain specific virtues. The noble Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, “The best of fasts besides the month of Ramadhãn is the fasting of Allah’s Month of Muharram and the best of salãt besides the fardh (compulsory) salãt is the tahajjud salãt (performed after midnight before dawn).” (Muslim)

In another Hadeeth, Ibne ‘Abbãs radhiyallahu anhu reports that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, "He who fasts on the day of Arafah (9th Zul Hijjah), his fast will be a compensation for the sins of two years and one who keeps a fast in the month of Muharram will receive the reward of thirty fasts for each fast." (Tabrãni, at-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb)

[Source: Islamic Da'wah Academy website; Read more of the above article: http://www.idauk.org/pub/publeaf20.htm ]

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    Wassalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.