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Muharram is so called because it is unlawful to fight during this month, the word is derived from the word haraam, meaning "sinful". It is held to be the most sacred of all the months, excluding Ramadan. Some Muslims fast during these days. The 10th day of Muharram (today) is the day of Ashura, which to Shia Muslims is part of the Mourning of Muharram.
What They Do?
Some Muslims fast during this day, because it is recorded in the hadith that Musa (Moses) and his people obtained a victory over the Egyptian Pharaoh on the 10th day of Muharram; accordingly Islamic prophet Muhammad asked Muslims to fast on this day that is Ashura and on a day before that is 9th so that they are not similar to Jews (since, according to him, Jews used to fast for one day due to the same reason, and many practices recorded in the hadith are specifically performed to avoid any apparent similarity to those of contemporary neighbouring Jews and Christians). Many Muslims cook something sweet like sweet rice and distribute it throughout their family and circle of friends to eat when breaking their fast.
Fasting differs among the Muslim groupings; mainstream Shia Muslims stop eating and drinking during sunlight hours and do not eat until late afternoon. Sunni Muslims also fast during Muharram for the first ten days of Muharram, or just the tenth day, or on both the ninth and tenth days; the exact term depending on the individual. Shia Muslims do so to replicate the sufferings of Hussein ibn Ali on the Day of Ashura. Shia Muslims go further in their replication, including self-flagellation.
Mourning Of MUHARRAM
Muharram is a month of remembrance that is often considered synonymous with the event of Ashura. Ashura, which literally means the "Tenth" in Arabic, refers to the tenth day of Muharram. It is well-known because of historical significance and mourning for the martyrdom of Hussein ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad.
Shias start the mourning from the 1st night of Muharram and continue for two months and eight days. However the last days are the most important since these were the days where Hussein and his family and followers (consisting of 72 people, including women, children and aged people) were killed by army of Yazid I at the Battle of Karbala on his orders. Surviving members of the family of Hussein and that of his followers were taken captive and marched to Damascus and imprisoned there.
Muharram is also observed by Dawoodi Bohras in the same way as Shias.They practice prayers on the sayings of the present dawah of Bohras, Mohammed Burhanuddin. On the tenth day of Muharrum, they pray for Hussein till the magrib namaz. When the namaz ends, Hussein is considered shahid
by Yazid. It is also close to the day of resurrection because it said
in a book that this world will one day come to an end on Friday 10th of
and I'm not sure that we believe as mentioned in the previous two
statements. Also no reference or name given of the book mentioned here.
from November 2011">
Scenes in the procession at the Mohurrum festival
Fatima ji's words on Muharram...
Credit goes to google...
and another who helped me in this thread is superman aka samah aka sambar...without her help it wont possible...
at first i thought its a festival or celebration of muslims...later with her help got to knw...its not...a festival...its a new year for them and also its a sorrow day for them...
thank u sambar for this thread.........
NOTE: Its not a festival or celebration...dnt wish happy muharram...
wish for their happiness...
IMP:: Second Celebration Thread after Diwali Celebration thread is Chritmas and New Year Celebration Thread...U all can Wish in that thread...but it need time to take for for that thread...if any of u wish that thread to post any different manner...kindly pm me reg that...
give ur ideas also...its all our thread only...so feel free to pm me the ideas...
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