As Muharram ushers in the Islamic New Year, a time for reflection and heightened blessings, it’s the perfect moment to cultivate new charitable habits. While the spirit of generosity blossoms around the world, countless families in the Horn of Africa face a desperate strugglethe lack of clean water.

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Muharram ushers in the New Islamic Year

 

As the first month of the Islamic calendar, Muharram marks the start of the Islamic New Year. This sacred month offers a fresh start, inviting Muslims to reflect on the past year and set new, meaningful intentions for the future.

The Profound Significance of Muharram

Muharram stands out as one of the four sacred months in Islam. The very name “Muharram” means “forbidden,” underscoring the sanctity of this period when warfare and conflict are strictly prohibited. It’s a time of peace, reflection, and spiritual growth.
Muharram is known as “the month of Allah (SWT),” highlighting its exceptional importance within Islam.

A Month Rich in History

Muharram is steeped in historical significance. It marks the hijrah (migration) of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his followers to Madinah, leading to the establishment of the first Islamic state. This event, symbolizing perseverance, faith, and the power of unity, serves as a reminder of the importance of community and following conviction.

When Does Muharram 2024 Begin?

In 2024, Muharram begins on Sunday, July 7th. The Islamic calendar follows lunar cycles, and the sighting of the new moon signals the start of this holy month.

The Day of Ashura

The Day of Ashura falls on the 10th of Muharram and is considered one of the most auspicious days of the Islamic year. It marks the miraculous event when Allah (SWT) liberated Prophet Musa (AS) and the Children of Israel from the tyranny of Pharaoh and his army.

Muslims are encouraged to fast on the 9th of Muharram as an additional act of devotion leading up to Ashura. These acts of fasting hold immense spiritual value and are highly recommended.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

“Fasting the day of `Ashura’ (is of great merits), I hope that Allah will accept it as an expiation for (the sins committed in) the previous year.”

– Muslim

The Virtues and Rewards of Muharram

This sacred month provides a unique chance to earn multiplied rewards for good deeds. Conversely, it also means that sins carry greater weight, urging Muslims to be particularly mindful of their actions.

Acts of Worship to Embrace

Muharram is a time to deepen one’s faith through various acts of worship:

Fasting

Especially on the days surrounding Ashura.

Qur’an Recitation

Engaging with the holy Qur’an to draw closer to Allah.

Sadaqah (Charity)

Donating to those in need, earning immense rewards.

Voluntary Prayers

Performing additional prayers beyond the obligatory ones.

Reflection and Planning

Setting new intentions and goals for the Islamic New Year.

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