The blessed month of Muharram is expected to commence this coming Sunday evening, July 7 (subject to the sighting of the moon), marking the beginning of the new Islamic year, 1446 AH.

Muharram is one of the four sacred months mentioned in the Holy Quraan, and is the month with which Muslims begin their lunar calendar, each month comprising 29 or 30 days only, making the Islamic year about 10 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar. The significance of this holy month is deeply rooted in Islamic history and it is a time to reflect on the sacrifices made by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW)’s grandson, Imaam Hussain (AS) and his followers during the battle of Karbala. Although the month is sanctified as a whole, the 10th of Muharram is the most sacred amongst all it’s days and is called the day of ‘Ashurah,’ as it is on this tragic day that Imaam Hussain (AS), was martyred. The Noble Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, “The best fasts after the fasts of Ramadaan, are those of the month of Muharram.”

*For those who intend fasting on the day of Ashurah, it is recommended that two consecutive fasts be kept, either the 9th and 10th or the 10th and 11th of Muharram.

**The Laudium Sun wishes all our Muslim readers a blessed Islamic New Year, filled with peace. “May this new year be a source of success, happiness and health for you and your dear ones.”