Islamic Months · Muharram

The Real Reason behind ‘Aashoora – the Parting of the Red Sea

Many of us face problems, difficulties and hardships that never seem to come to an end. Our hearts are constantly battling with what our mind says. There is no feeling of contentment in the heart. We have been engulfed into a mechanical life with each day bringing about a new worry to be depressed over.… Continue reading The Real Reason behind ‘Aashoora – the Parting of the Red Sea

Islamic Months · Muharram

Productivity Lessons from the Hijrah

By Abu Productive LESSON 1: So, the question is why? Why did the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam migrate? The standard answer is that the migration occurred to escape persecution from Makkah and save the Prophet’s life from an evil assassination plot. But I believe there’s another reason, one that derives an important lesson about… Continue reading Productivity Lessons from the Hijrah

Islamic Months · Muharram · Q & A

Hurting Oneself in `Aashoora’

Q. What is the Islamic perspective concerning the acts of the Shiite on the day of `Aashoora'? We see them hurting themselves. Does this have any basis in Islam? A. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.  All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Dear brother,… Continue reading Hurting Oneself in `Aashoora’

Islamic Months · Muharram

Virtue of Fasting the First Ten Days of Muharram

Question: Are there any ahadeeth about the virtue of fasting the first ten days of Muharram? May Allah reward you. Fatwa: All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  is His Slave and Messenger. It was narrated on the authority… Continue reading Virtue of Fasting the First Ten Days of Muharram

Islamic Months · Muharram · Q & A

Plastering Graves with Mud in Muharram

Question: Assalamo Alaikum. In Pakistan each year during the month of Muharram Muslims plaster their family graves annually. Discussion is going on whether it is FARZ or SUNNAH (Moaqdah or non Moaqda) or it is not necessary to plaster on family graves at all. In U.S.A nobody does mud plaster on family graves after burial as… Continue reading Plastering Graves with Mud in Muharram

Islamic Months · Muharram

The Tragedy of Karbala [Part 3]

Part 1 | Part 2 Caliph Ali radhiAllahi `anhu was killed by a Khariji, and Hassan radhiAllahu `anhu accepted the allegiance of the people at Kufa, a big army base. It appeared that another conflict was in the making. Hassan Ibn Ali radhiAllahu `anhu, leading a forty thousand strong contingent, marched to Madinah where he had to… Continue reading The Tragedy of Karbala [Part 3]

Islamic Months · Muharram

The Tragedy of Karbala [Part 2]

Part 1 The murder of Habeel (son of Adam) by his brother Qabeel is perhaps an incident comparable to Caliph Uthman´s radhiAllahi `anhu assassination. When Qabeel declared his intention to kill Habeel, the latter announced his resolve, in the words of the Qur'an, لَئِن بَسَطتَ إِلَىَّ يَدَكَ لِتَقْتُلَنِى مَآ أَنَاْ بِبَاسِطٍ يَدِىَ إِلَيْكَ لاًّقْتُلَكَ إِنِّى… Continue reading The Tragedy of Karbala [Part 2]

Islamic Months · Muharram

The Sacred Month of Muharram

Muharram is the month with which the Muslims begin their lunar (Hijra) calendar. It is one of the four sanctified months about which the Qur’an says, إِنَّ عِدَّةَ الشُّهُورِ عِندَ اللَّهِ اثْنَا عَشَرَ شَهْراً فِي كِتَـبِ اللَّهِ يَوْمَ خَلَقَ السَّمَوَت وَالاٌّرْضَ مِنْهَآ أَرْبَعَةٌ حُرُمٌ “Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in… Continue reading The Sacred Month of Muharram

Islamic Months · Muharram

Observing the Sanctity of Muharram

Regarding this sacred month Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala had also said, “Do not wrong yourselves in these months.” [at-Tawbah : 36] This means that in this month we should strive to excel in righteous deeds, perform additional acts of worship i.e. offer nafl, give charity and remember Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. We should make a… Continue reading Observing the Sanctity of Muharram