Why Muharram Is Important For Muslims?

importance of muharram

There are lots of incidents, lots of occasions that make Muharram important for Muslims. For some, Muharram is not only important for Muslims but also for the people of other religions.

Muharram is the first month of Lunar Calendar, and for us, this first month holds significant importance. The biggest and the saddest incident that fills the month with sorrows, dejection and heartaches is the incident of Karbala. Where the children of Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) were martyred by the followers of their own Grandfather. The accounts of betrayal, cruelty, barbarism that were committed by the followers of Yazid in the plains of Karbala keep telling us that the greed for power and money can surpass even faith.

There is no doubt that for Muslims, the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) and his family is the most important and sorrowful incident of Muharram, but there are other incidents and events that are noteworthy. These events are written in different books and transcripts.


Events that took place in Muharram Before the advent of Islam:

Following is a list of few historic events that took place in the month of Muharram:

  • There are few anecdotes and quite a few accounts that tell us that Hazrat Adam (A.S) was made caliph in the month of Muharram.
  • The ship of Prophet Noah (A.S) stopped at the Mount Judi in Muharram.
  • Prophet Joseph/Yusuf (A.S) was freed from the prison in Muharram.
  • Prophet Yunus (A.S) got out from the belly of the fish in Muharram.
  • Prophet Moses/Musa (A.S) divided the Sea and the army of Pharoh was destroyed in the month of Muharram.
  • Prophet Jesus/Isa (A.S) went to the skies in Muharram.

These are some historic events that happened in Muharram before the advent of the Last Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

Events that took place in Muharram Before the advent of Islam:

After the arrival of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), the historic events that highlight the month of Muharram are recorded below:

  • The marriage of the daughter of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), Hazrat Fatima (R.A), with Hazrat Ali (R.A) took place in Muharram.
  • The marriage of the daughter of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), Hazrat Ume Kalsoom (R.A), with Hazrat Usman (R.A) took place in this Month.
  • Muslims Fought war of Khaibar in Muharram.
  • The war of Sufain happened in Muharram.
  • Hazrat Umar (R.A), the second Caliph of Muslim Ummah, died due to the assassination attempt of Abu Lulu, a Persian slave.
  • Hazrat Imam Zain ul Abideen (R.A), the only male survivor of the incident of Karbala also died in Muharram.
  • Hazrat Umar bin Abdul Aziz, widely known as 5th caliph of Muslim Ummah, died in Muharram.

This list goes on and on, but the importance of Muharram in the Islamic History cannot be denied as many influential Islamic leaders died in this month and many important incidents took place in Muharram. 


Fasting in Muharram:

Muharram is no doubt one of the sacred months for Muslims all around the globe. Even in the Pre-Islamic Period, the people of Mecca used to observe fast in the day of Ashura, which is the 10th of Muharram. The Holy Prophet also ordered Muslims to observe the fast to seek the blessings of Allah. 

Hazrat Abdullah bin Umar narrated that :

The Prophet (ﷺ) observed the fast on the 10th of Muharram (‘Ashura) and ordered (Muslims) to fast on that day, but when the fasting of the month of Ramadan was prescribed, the fasting of the ‘Ashura’ was abandoned. `Abdullah did not use to fast on that day unless it coincided with his routine fasting by chance. (Al Bukhari 1892, Book 30)


For Muslims, Muharram is at once a month of sorrows and a month of blessings. The blessings of fasting in this month, as well as the blessings of praying, are so much more as compared to the other months. 

Fast, Pray and help the people around you as much as you can, because only this way we can get satisfaction and the blessings of Allah. 





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