Govt Officially Notifies Holidays for Muharram
The federal government has officially notified holidays on the occasion of Ashura (9th and 10th Muharram). These dates hold significant religious importance for Muslims around the world. In this article, we will delve into the significance of Muharram and shed light on the historical events associated with this sacred month.
Muharram is the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar and holds great importance in the Muslim community. It is a time of remembrance and reflection on historical events that have shaped the faith. The government has officially declared 28th and 29th July as public holidays to mark the occasion of Ashura, which falls on the 10th of Muharram.
The Observance of Ashura
Ashura is observed on the 9th and 10th of Muharram, and it commemorates significant events in Islamic history. The name “Ashura” means “tenth” in Arabic, referring to the 10th day of Muharram. It is a time of mourning and reflection for Muslims worldwide.
The Significance of Muharram
Muharram holds deep historical and religious significance. It is a month of reflection, sacrifice, and renewed faith. Muslims use this time to remember the sacrifices made by their ancestors and draw lessons from their experiences.
Commemorating Imam Hussain (RA)
One of the central figures in Muharram observances is Imam Hussain (RA), the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He played a pivotal role in Islamic history and sacrificed his life for justice and righteousness. Muslims honor his memory during Muharram, particularly on the 10th day.
The Battle of Karbala
The Battle of Karbala, which took place on the 10th of Muharram in the year 61 AH (680 CE), is a significant event commemorated during Muharram. It was a tragic event in which Imam Hussain (RA) and his loyal companions were martyred by the forces of Yazid, the Umayyad caliph.
Practices and Rituals during Muharram
During Muharram, Muslims engage in various practices and rituals to express their grief and commemorate the sacrifices made at Karbala. These practices include mourning processions, majalis (gatherings where scholars recount the events of Karbala), and voluntary fasting.
The Hijri Year
Muharram also marks the beginning of the Hijri year, which follows the lunar calendar. The Islamic lunar calendar is based on the sighting of the crescent moon, and the year 1445 of the Hijri calendar will commence on the first day of Muharram.
Muharram Around the World
Muharram is observed by Muslims across the globe, regardless of their cultural backgrounds. Communities organize processions, lectures, and other events to commemorate the events of Karbala. Each region may have its unique customs and traditions associated with Muharram, reflecting the diverse nature of the Muslim community.
Muharram is a month of deep reflection, mourning, and remembrance for Muslims worldwide. The government’s official notification of holidays for the 9th and 10th Muharram acknowledges the religious and historical significance of this period. It is a time to honor the sacrifices of Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions and draw lessons from their struggle for justice and truth.