Also known as Al Hijri or Islamic New Year, is the first month of the Islamic timetable. The day holds great significance among Muslims and is observed with utmost devotion. The tenth day of Muharram known as Ashura is commemorated by all Muslims with great anguish and despair to honor the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad( SAW). Muharram 2023 will likely be observed from 19 July 2023 in numerous countries including UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and other Gulf countries. UK and countries following the KSA moon sighting may also witness Muharram on the same date.
Muslims observe the month of Muharram to mourn Imam Hussain’s death at the Battle of Karbala. Imam Hussain was the son of Hazrat Ali and grandson of Prophet Muhammad( SAW), the last runner of Allah. During the battle of Karbala, Imam Hussain was mercilessly guillotined( on 10th Muharram) by the Umayyad Caliph Yazid I. The event took place in 690 CE and is since also observed annually among Muslims as Muharram. The nonfictional meaning of Muharram is’ prohibition’. During the month of Muharram, Muslims refrain from joyful events and fests as a mark of respect and homage to Imam Hussain’s immolation. Besides, the month of Muharram recognizes the migration of Prophet Muhammad( SAW) from Mecca to Medina.
Since the morning of Muharram is grounded upon the moon sighting, the Muharram in India is anticipated to start from 20 July. still, the exact date will be blazoned after the Muharram moon is observed in the country. piecemeal from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Morocco, and Malaysia may also witness Muharram from 20 July 2023.