New Hijri Year – Muharram, The Month of Allah


Alḥamdulillāh we are grateful to be able to witness the first night of Muḥarram, and with that, the start of the New Islamic Year! We are now in the year 1444 after Ḥijrah – Yes, today is the 1st of Muharram.

Allah the Almighty says:

Indeed, the number of months with Allāh is twelve [lunar] months in the register of Allāh [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred.1 That is the correct religion [i.e., way], so do not wrong yourselves during them.
[Surah at-Tawbah 9:36]

The Prophet (ﷺ) said,

“Time has come back to its original state which it had when Allah created the Heavens and the Earth; the year is twelve months, four of which are sacred. Three of them are in succession; Dhul-Qa’da, Dhul-Hijja and Al-Muharram, and (the fourth being) Rajab Mudar (named after the tribe of Mudar as they used to respect this month) which stands between Jumad (ath-thani) and Sha’ban.”
[Sahih al-Bukahri]

During the caliphate of Umar (radiyallahu anhu),  the issue of Islamic calendar arose, he chose the year of migration of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) as the first year and holy month of Muharram as the first month.

Since then the Islamic calendar was used in the Muslim world, it is still used because the religious Eid celebrations and pilgrimages all depend on this lunar calendar which starts from Muharram.

“𝑶 𝑨𝒍𝒍𝒂𝒉, 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒉 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒖𝒔 𝒂 𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒉 𝒐𝒇 𝒔𝒆𝒄𝒖𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒚, 𝒇𝒂𝒊𝒕𝒉, 𝒔𝒂𝒇𝒆𝒕𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑰𝒔𝒍𝒂𝒎, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒕𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒉𝒂𝒚𝒕𝒂𝒂𝒏, 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒐𝒇 𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒑𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒖𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑴𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝑮𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒊𝒐𝒖𝒔.”

(Ṣaḥīḥ by Ibn Ḥajar)

It is in this month that we have the blessed day of ‘Ashura, which is the 10th of Muharram – Monday 8th August 2022.

🎉 Brothers and Sisters the Door of Rayyan wants to admit you!⁣⁣
⚪ The Prophet ﷺ said, “Verily, there is a gate in Paradise called al-Rayyan, through which only those who fasted will enter on the Day of Resurrection. No one else will enter it along with them…”⁣⁣
(𝘉𝘶𝘬𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘪 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘭𝘪𝘮)⁣⁣
🔴 The Prophet ﷺ said, “The best fast after Ramadan is in the month of Allah – Muharram.”⁣⁣
⚫ The Prophet ﷺ said, “…fasting the day of ‘Ashura I hope Allah will thereby expiate [sins] of the previous year.”⁣⁣
(𝘐𝘣𝘯 𝘔𝘢𝘫𝘢𝘩)⁣⁣
🔵 The Prophet ﷺ said, “Deeds are shown (to Allah) on Mondays and Thursdays, and I like my deeds to be shown when I am fasting.”⁣⁣
⚪ The Prophet ﷺ said, “Fasting three days of each month is fasting for a lifetime – and Ayaam Al-Beed (the white days) are the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth.”⁣⁣
(𝘚𝘶𝘯𝘢𝘯 𝘕𝘢𝘴𝘢’𝘪)⁣⁣
𝐌𝐚𝐱𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧!⁣⁣
Intend to fast and combine as many of the above narrations as possible!⁣⁣
A 6-day extravaganza of fasting can be found as follows:⁣⁣
► 9th Muharram 1443 – Pre-‘Ashura – Sunday 7th August
10th Muharram 1443 – ‘Ashura + Sunnah Fast– Monday 8th August
► 11th Muharram 1443 – Post-‘Ashura – Tuesday 9th August
► 13th Muharram 1443 – White Day + Sunnah Fast – Thursday 11th August
► 14th Muharram 1443 – White Day – Friday 12th Aug⁣⁣ust
► 15th Muharram 1443 – White Day – Saturday 13th Aug⁣⁣ust

🏆 𝐒𝐞𝐭 𝐚 𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐟 ʿ𝐀𝐬𝐡𝐮𝐫𝐚 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐦𝐮𝐦⁣⁣
Set a resolution and aim to learn more about Islam!