Muharram Festival 2012

| July 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Sorrow and Pain Celebrated in the Month of Muharram

Muharram 2012

When it happens: 14 November – 14 December 2012*
Where it happens: Asia,Middle east and other parts with Islamic calendar

            Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. It is considered as one of the sacred months of the year when fighting is forbidden. Since the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, Muharram moves from year to year. It is also so called since it is unlawful to fight for the entire month. The word is derived from the word haraam which means sinful. Next to Ramadan, it is considered to be the most sacred of all months. During the month, some Muslims fast. The tenth day of the Muharram is the Day of Ashura which is part of the Mourning of Muharram for Shia Muslims.

A number of Sunni Muslims also fast during this month. Many Muslims cook something sweet and distribute in throughout their family and friends when breaking the fast. On the other hand, fasting differs from other Muslim groups. For instance, Shia Muslims prevent themselves from drinking and eating during sunlight hours during this month in order to replicate the sufferings of Hussein ibn Ali. They also practice self flagellation on the tenth day.

Instead of celebrating the first month of the Islamic calendar with joy and laughter, the Muslims celebrate Muharram by taking up a black attire of grief. They participate in mourning gatherings in which sacrifices of Hussein are commemorated. You can see mourning ceremonies that are held to recall the righteous virtues of the martyrs and the misfortunes they had to bear. Their martyrdom is a sad time for all Muslims. So, they cut themselves into a bloody frivolity.

Aside from the Islamic New Year and the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala commemorated by Shia Muslims, there are many other events that you can look forward to during the month of Muharram. On the second day of the month, the martyrdom of Umar ibn al-Khattab is celebrated.

Umar ibn al-Khattab is the second Sunni Caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate. They also celebrate the entrance of Hussein ibn Ali to the Karbala. On the seventh day, Hussein ibn Ali was forbidden access to water as ordered by Yazid, the caliph of the Umayyad caliphate. The tenth day is known to be the day of Ashura on which Hussein showed martyrdom in the Battle of Karbala.

The Shia Muslims mourn while the Sunni fast to commemorate the rescue of the people of Israel. On the fifteenth day, Muhammad Sirajuddin Naqshbandi, a famous Islamic scholar, was born. On the 25th, Hussein Ibn Ali died. And on the 27th day, Mesum, who sacrificed his life praising Imam Ali, was killed. Of all this misfortunes, there is no doubt that you will not see a single Muslim rejoicing during this month. In order to pay respect to them, you can celebrate this month by refraining fights and parties, fasting, and offering prayers.

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Category: Asia Festivals, Calendar, Calendar of events, Indian Festivals, Middle east Festivals

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