Islamic New year starting from Muharram Ul Harram, will be observed from January 11.
The Islamic New Year is a cultural event which some Muslims partake on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.
Muharram is also a month of mourning for the lovers and followers of Imam Hussain (AH). In this month, on the 10th day In 61 Hijra, Imam Hussain bin Ali (A.S.), the grandson of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.), together with his family and friends, in all 72 men, embraced Shahadat in Karbala.
Since then, each year the followers through grief, sorrow and tears, keep alive the message, cause and purpose of the greatest martyrdom in human history.
Muslims believe that this is also the day that the first Caliph (Hazrat Abu Bakr RA) died.
Muharram is held to be the most sacred of all the months, excluding Ramadan. Some Muslims fast during these days.
The tenth day of Muharram is called Yaumu-l ‘Ashurah, meaning, ‘the tenth day and it is a day of voluntary fasting.’
Muharram is also one of the four months declared sacred by Allah Almighty in the Holy Qur’an.
Story first published: 10th January 2008