Muharram Significance, Editorial 24 July 2023

Muharram Significance

Muharram has dawned.

Muḥarram (Arabic: ٱلْمُحَرَّم) (fully known as Muharram ul Haram) is the first month of the Islamic calendar.It is one of the four sacred months of the year when warfare is forbidden.It is held to be the second holiest month after Ramadan.

We are well aware that tenth day of Muharram is known as Ashura. Better known as part of the Mourning of Muharram, Shia Muslims mourn the tragedy of Karbala in which Imam Hussain ( As) along with companions were martyred.

Shia Muslims hold many events to offer condolences to Imam Husain ( As). and to honor the martyrs by prayer, reading supplications, and holding charity events. 

Karbala teaches us: Never support injustice and oppression no matter how powerful the oppressor might be.

The objective of all believers should be to please Almighty Allah. Imam Hussain ( AS)  said in one of his speeches that the only objective of the Prophet’s Holy Household (peace be upon them) is to please Allah. Whenever he saw family members martyred, he would utter: “It’s bearable only because Allah is its witness.

It is heartening to note that 

Muharram is the month in which justice rose against injustice and truth stood up against falsehood and proved that in the course of history, the truth has always triumphed over falsehood.

Muharram as a month preaches us love, kindness and tolerable. The battle of Karbala that took place in thr month of Muharram changed the course of human history and gave eternal message of justice and preserving human values. The need of the hour is we Muslims and humanity in general learn lessons from Karbala tragedy and follow the path of Justice and kindness.