Praise be to Allah, the month of Muharram is upon us, marking the beginning of the Hijri year. Dive into the virtues of this sacred month, exploring the significance attributed to it in Islamic scriptures.

The Sacred Status of Muharram:

Allah designates four sacred months, including Muharram. Reflecting on Surat at-Tawbah (9:36), we find a clear indication of its sanctity. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) emphasizes these sacred months, with Muharram holding a special place in the Islamic calendar (Sahih al-Bukhari, 2958).

The Name “al-Muharram”:

The name “al-Muharram” itself emphasizes the sanctity of this month. Allah’s warning not to wrong oneself during these sacred months highlights the severity of transgressions during this period (Surat at-Tawbah 9:36).

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Virtue of Fasting in al-Muharram:

Abu Hurayrah narrates that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The best fast after Ramadan is in the month of Allah, al-Muharram” (Sahih Muslim, 1982). Although not fasting the entire month, this hadith encourages increased fasting during Muharram, showcasing its significance.

Understanding Allah’s Choices:

Allah, in His wisdom, chooses specific times and places for increased reward. Al-Izz ibn Abd as-Salam highlights the two types of superiority – worldly and religious. Muharram, like Ramadan, holds religious significance due to Allah’s generosity and the potential for greater spiritual rewards (Qawa‘id al-Ahkam, 1/38).

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As we enter the blessed month of Muharram, let us reflect on its sanctity, honor its virtues, and strive to increase our acts of worship. May Allah grant us wisdom and understanding, and may this month be filled with blessings and forgiveness.