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virtues of the month of Muharram

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virtues of the month of Muharram

islamisdeen Created Sep 13, 2018 12:17
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What is the virtue of the month of Muharram?
Published Date: 2014-10-24

Praise be to Allah.

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds, and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad, the Seal of the Prophets and Leader of the Messengers, and upon all his family and companions. To proceed:

The month of Allah Muharram is a great and blessed month. It is the first month of the Hijri year and is one of the sacred months concerning which Allah says:

إِنَّ عِدَّةَ الشُّهُورِ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ اثْنَا عَشَرَ شَهْرًا فِي كِتَابِ اللَّهِ يَوْمَ خَلَقَ السَّمَوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ مِنْهَا أَرْبَعَةٌ حُرُمٌ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ فَلَا تَظْلِمُوا فِيهِنَّ أَنْفُسَكُمْ ..

translation: “Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are Sacred, (i.e. the 1st, the 7th, the 11th and the 12th months of the Islamic calendar). That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein”

[Soorat at-Tawbah 9:36].

It was narrated from Abu Bakrah (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him):


السَّنَةُ اثْنَا عَشَرَ شَهْرًا مِنْهَا أَرْبَعَةٌ حُرُمٌ ثَلَاثَةٌ مُتَوَالِيَاتٌ ذُو الْقَعْدَةِ وَذُو الْحِجَّةِ وَالْمُحَرَّمُ ، وَرَجَبُ مُضَرَ الَّذِي بَيْنَ جُمَادَى وَشَعْبَانَ ."

“… The year is twelve months, of which four are sacred: three consecutive months, Dhu al-Qa‘dah, Dhu al-Hijjah and Muharram, and Rajab of Mudar which comes between Jumaada and Sha‘baan.”

Narrated by al-Bukhaari (2958).

Muharram is so called because it is a sacred (muharram) month; this further emphasizes its sanctity.

The words of Allah:

فَلَا تَظْلِمُوا فِيهِنَّ أَنْفُسَكُمْ

“so wrong not yourselves therein” [Soorat at-Tawbah 9:36]

mean: (do not wrong yourselves) in these sacred months, because doing so is a greater sin than at other times.

It was narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas said, concerning the words of Allah “so wrong not yourselves therein” [Soorat at-Tawbah 9:36]:

(The command not to wrong yourself) applies in all months, then Allah singled out four months and made them sacred, and emphasised their sanctity, and He made sin during these months more grave, and He made righteous deeds and the reward thereof greater. Qataadah said, concerning the words “so wrong not yourselves therein”: Wrongdoing during the sacred months is more serious and incurs a greater burden of sin than in other months. Wrongdoing is a serious matter in any circumstances, but Allah makes whatever He wills of His commands carry more weight. And he said: Allah has chosen elites from His creation: from among the angels He chose Messengers, from among mankind He chose Messengers, from among speech He chose remembrance of Him (dhikr), from among spaces on earth He chose the mosques, from among the months He chose Ramadan and the sacred months, from among days He chose Friday (Jumu‘ah), and from among nights He chose Laylat al-Qadr. So venerate that which has been chosen by Allah, for people of understanding and wisdom respect that which has been chosen by Allah.

End quote from Tafseer Ibn Katheer (may Allah have mercy on him), commentary on Soorat at-Tawbah verse 36

The virtue of observing a great deal of naafil (supererogatory) fasts during the month of Muharram

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:

أَفْضَلُ الصِّيَامِ بَعْدَ رَمَضَانَ شَهْرُ اللَّهِ الْمُحَرَّمُ

“The best fast after Ramadan is in the month of Allah Muharram.”

Narrated by Muslim (1982 another edition 1167 etc).

The phrase “the month of Allah (shahr Allah)” is indicative of the veneration this month deserves, as it is attributed to Allah (in a genitive or idaafah phrase). Al-Qaari said: What appears to be the case is that what is meant is the entire month of Muharram.

But it is proven that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) never fasted any month in full apart from Ramadan. So this hadeeth is to be understood as meaning that it is encouraged to fast a great deal during the month of Muharram, not to fast the entire month.

It is proven that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) fasted a great deal during Sha‘baan, and perhaps the virtue of Muharram was not revealed to him until the end of his life, before he was able to fast during this month.

Sharh an-Nawawi ‘ala Saheeh Muslim

Allah chooses whatever He wills of times and places

Al-‘Izz ibn ‘Abd as-Salaam (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

وَتَفْضِيلُ الأَمَاكِنِ وَالأَزْمَانِ ضَرْبَانِ : أَحَدُهُمَا : دُنْيَوِيٌّ .. وَالضَّرْبُ الثَّانِي : تَفْضِيلٌ دِينِيٌّ رَاجِعٌ إلَى أَنَّ اللَّهَ يَجُودُ عَلَى عِبَادِهِ فِيهَا بِتَفْضِيلِ أَجْرِ الْعَامِلِينَ , كَتَفْضِيلِ صَوْمِ رَمَضَانَ عَلَى صَوْمِ سَائِرِ الشُّهُورِ , وَكَذَلِكَ يَوْمُ عَاشُورَاءَ .. فَفَضْلُهَا رَاجِعٌ إلَى جُودِ اللَّهِ وَإِحْسَانِهِ إلَى عِبَادِهِ فِيهَا .. قواعد الأحكام 1/38

Superiority of times and places is of two types, the first of which is in worldly terms and the second is in religious or spiritual terms because of what Allah bestows upon His slaves at those times and in those places of a greater reward for deeds, such as the greater virtue of fasting Ramadan over fasting in other months or on the day of ‘Ashoora’. Its virtue is due to Allah’s generosity and kindness to His slaves during it.

Qawaa‘id al-Ahkaam (1/38)

May Allah sent blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his family and companions.

 

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islamisdeen

Sep 13, 2018 12:29

Fasting (with the right intention) on Aashoora might pardon preceding year sins (smaller sins). As the kabeera sins are only forgiven with tawbah and astaghfaar, and if someone rights are taken away then giving their rights back, wallahu a'alam.

Here is the evidence for it:

ثُمَّ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏"‏ ثَلاَثٌ مِنْ كُلِّ شَهْرٍ وَرَمَضَانُ إِلَى رَمَضَانَ فَهَذَا صِيَامُ الدَّهْرِ كُلِّهِ صِيَامُ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ أَحْتَسِبُ عَلَى اللَّهِ أَنْ يُكَفِّرَ السَّنَةَ الَّتِي قَبْلَهُ وَالسَّنَةَ الَّتِي بَعْدَهُ وَصِيَامُ يَوْمِ عَاشُورَاءَ أَحْتَسِبُ عَلَى اللَّهِ أَنْ يُكَفِّرَ السَّنَةَ الَّتِي قَبْلَهُ ‏"‏ ‏.‏


Thereafter he (ﷺ) said: Fasting three days every month and that of Ramadan every year is a perpetual fasting. I seek from Allah that fasting on the day of 'Arafa may atone for the sins of the preceding and the coming years, and I seek from Allah that fasting on the day of Ashura may atone for the sins of the preceding year.

(sahih muslim, 1162, another edition: 2602)

Dyah

Sep 13, 2018 13:56

Finally
Thank you brother

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islamisdeen

Sep 13, 2018 15:00

You're welcome

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islamisdeen

Sep 17, 2018 16:01

In Pakistan (and possibly India or Bangladesh etc) the day of Ashoora, 10th of Muharram is on Friday 21, 20018. So Muslims Brothers/Sisters residing in Pakistan or India or Bangladesh can fast on 9th and 10th of Muharram, Thursday 20, and Friday 21, 2018, In sha Allah.

In Saudi Arabia and surrounding the Ashoora, 10th of Muharram is on Thursday 20, 2018. So Muslims Brothers/Sisters residing in Saudi Arabia or surrounding Muslims can fast on 9th and 10th of Muharram Wednesday 19, and Thursday 20, 2018, In sha Allah.

For correct days of fasting on 9th/10th of Ashoora, in your locality, please try to locate for yourself.

and Allah knows the best.

 

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