Days of Muharram: Are They Important?
This Fatwa says:
1-Muharram is one of the holy months.
2-A Muslim should take advantage of these months to get
closer to God by doing religious things on their own time.
This includes prayers that aren’t required,
fasting on your own, giving to charity, etc.
3-Fasting on the 9th and 10th of Muharram
was also the Sunnah of the Prophet.
We should remember the Prophet (peace be upon him)
move from Makkah to Madinah during the month of Muharram.
This story can teach us a lot, and it can help us
understand what the Hijrah calendar is all about.
It’s important to remember that the Hijrah was a
big step in the growth of Islam
and that Islam has benefited from it all through history.
People who moved to America and worked for
Allah‘s cause also contributed to the
presence and growth of Islam there.
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) also
said that people should fast on the 9th and 10th of Muharram.
The Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon him)
would fast on the 10th day (Ashura). When he got to Madinah,
he saw that the Jews there were also fasting on this
day to honor Prophet Moses (peace and blessings be upon him).
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) liked this tradition,
and he told the Jews,
“We are closer to Musa than you are.”
He went without food and told his followers to do the same.
Later, just before he died, the Prophet
(peace and blessings be upon him)
told Muslims to add the ninth day as well. So,
the 9th and 10th of Muharram are both good days to fast.
It is also important to remember how much Al-Husain
and his family gave up (may Allah be pleased with all of them).
Their fight for truth and justice was the real Jihad.
The Holyness Of The Quran
In the Quran,
Allah Almighty says this about the holy months:
“There are twelve (12) months in a year when you can see Allah.
He decided this on the day He made the sky and the earth.
Four (4) of those months are holy.
This is the straight use.
So don’t be wrong about that and fight the agnostics together,
just as they fight you all together.
But know that Allah (SWT) is with the person
who puts limits on themselves.” (9:36)
Hadiths about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) say that
Muharram is one of the four holy months mentioned in this verse.
From this ayah, we can’t deny or ignore the holiness
and importance of the long month of Muharram. Also,
this ayah makes it clear that Muslims shouldn’t get
off track during these holy months.
In this way, a Muslim shouldn’t even think
about doing a good deed this month.
Fasting In Muharram
The other important thing about Muharram is that this is
the month when people fast. In one of His hadiths,
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said,
“The best time to fast after Ramadan is during the
the month of Muharram, which Allah has given us.”(Muslim)
After the required month of fasting during Ramadan,
the long stretch of Muharram is when people
show that they can still fast.
The benefits of fasting on purpose are obvious;
it is one of the holiest things a Muslim can do.
According to this hadith, the benefits of fasting on
the purpose is likely to increase greatly if it is done during
the whole month of Muharram.
So, if you want to fast on purpose after the long month
of Ramadan, the best time to do so is during the
the month of Muharram, and you should try to get
as many rewards as possible for the good deed.
Is It Possible To Do Umrah During Muharram?
Umrah doesn’t have to be done on a certain date
. Muslims can make the trip at any time
of the year except during Hajj.
The Saudi Arabian government doesn’t give
visas to foreign travelers three months before
Hajj so that they can get ready for the pilgrimage.
But people who want to do Umrah can definitely visit
the holy sites of Umrah in the month of Muharram.
During Muharram, Muslims pray to Allah and go to
the mosque to ask for his blessings. After breaking the fast,
they spend time with their families and cook
something sweet to share with family and friends.
It’s the month of the forbidden,
which is a very important time for Muslims.
Days of Muharram