Muharram 1439- “New Year- New Directions”

By Majed Iqbal-

Welcome to Muharram, the new year in the Islamic calender. No, it doesn’t involve fireworks displays, doing the midnight countdown or partying til the early hours of the morning. Instead, Muslims have a unique opportunity to make a new start and utilise the blessings of this month to set themselves in a new direction in life.


Whats Muharram all about?

Many significant events took place in History in this blessed month. Prophet Adam (عليه السلام) was born and entered Paradise on 10th of Muharram, Prophet Ayyub (عليه السلام) was cured from his illness, a way was made in the sea for Bani Israel, Prophet Suleman (عليه السلام) was ordained King and the oceans and heavens were created.

It was in the month of Muharram that the beloved and dear Grand son of the Holy Prophet (ﷺ), Sayyidina Hussain (رضي الله عنه) was martyred after standing up for justice and the principles of Islam. We are also informed that Qiyaamah will take place on the 10th of Muharram.


So what are we supposed to do

This is the Question! Muharram is a blessed month in which Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has singled it out as one for worship and obedience. We are bound by the Shariah rules throughout the year and strive to remain within the Halal and Haram actions, carry out the Mandhoob (recommended) and stay away from the Makrooh (disliked) actions. But just like we get major kicks in Ramadhan and high levels of Spiritual bliss, Muharram similarly affords us with another great oppurtunity to purify ourselves and make amends with our maker.

Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) said: Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said ‘The best of fasting after Ramadaan is fasting Allaah’s month of Muharram” (Muslim).

So we can fast! Remember the beautiful days of Ramadhan, where the day was beautified with worship and the nights with prayer? Do we want that feeling again? Do you want to feel on top of the world again with your devotional worship? Do you need that push again to motivate you further to practice Islam?


New Year plans

Prepare yourself well for this year. Where do you want your position to be with Allah (swt)? Have you bettered yourself since last year? What are you going to do new this year?

Yes we should have resolutions which are based on Islam. These resolutions will help build a consciousness about our relationship with Allah (swt). They will help us measure where we are in this race for life and whether we are winning or losing the battle for Jannah


Get that Special fast in

Prepare yourself mentally now that you will fast for the two days in Muharram. This is either the 9th and 10th or the 10th and 11th of Muharram.

Ibn ‘Abbaas (رضي الله عنه) said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Madeenah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Aashooraa’. Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said ‘What is this?’ They said, ‘This is a righteous day, it is the day when Allaah saved the Children of Israel from their enemies, so Moosa fasted on this day.’ Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said ‘We have more right to Moosa than you,’ so he fasted on that day and commanded [the Muslims] to fast on that day” (Bukhaari).

A version narrated by Imaam Ahmad adds: “This is the day on which the Ark settled on Mount Joodi, so Nooh fasted this day in thanksgiving.” “and commanded [the Muslims] to fast on that day”

Ibn ‘Abbaas (رضي الله عنه) said:

“I never saw the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) so keen to fast any day and give it priority over any other than this day, the day of ‘Aashooraa’, and this month, meaning Ramadaan.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 1867).

Muharram a month for Change
We should plan for our change as individuals and a societies in this month. Firawn, the tyrant, the False God was taught a lesson by Musa (عليه السلام) in this month when his authority perished. Let this also be the month in which we see great change for the Muslim world, setting our own personal and individual resolve to work day and night for the resumption of Islam as a fresh leadership for the Muslim World, taking it out from the colonial grip and darkness of tyranny and returning it to the Noor of Islam.


  1. “Qiyaamah will take place on the Ashura” but this day occurs every year til the day of judgement. however, the day of judgement will be on friday.

  2. Somebody says:

    “We are also informed that Qiyaamah will take place on the 10th of Muharram.”

    I would like to know where the evidence is, for the above statement. Please don’t think that i am having a go at anyone, but I have read some articles which say that we are not informed that Qiyaamah will take place on the 10th Muharram.
    I have copied and pasted two of the articles below.

    Is it true that the Day of Judgement will come on a Friday, 10th Muharram?
    my question is with regards to the day of judgement. from what i have read in the sahih(accurate) hadith it is stated that the day of judgement will come on friday(10th moharram).My question is if it is friday in saudi arabia then it will be another day in USA and so on….so basically it is never friday all over the world at one time…please answer, this has been troubling me for sometime.

    Praise be to Allaah.

    Everyone who gives a specific time or date for the onset of the Day of Judgement is a fabricator and a liar. The onset of the Day of Resurrection is the “Hour” of which Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “They ask you about the Hour (Day of Resurrection): ‘When will be its appointed time?’ Say: ‘The knowledge thereof is with my Lord (Alone). None can reveal its time but He’” [al-A’raaf 7:187]

    But when the Day of Resurrection comes, at the time which is known to Allaah, which will be a Friday, then the system of this universe, with its night and day, sun and moon and stars, will be changed. We do not know whether the America which exists today will exist then or not, for Allaah is Able to destroy whichever of these nations He wills before the Day of Resurrection, for Allaah is Able to do all things.

    Written by Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahmaan al-Barraak


    We heard from some of Muslim scholars saying that the big day
    (Qiyamat) will occur on the Friday and that will be the 10th of Muharram. Is there any information in this regard in Qur’an and Hadith?

    All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) is His Slave and Messenger.

    Al-Tirmizi, Abu Dawood, Al-Nasa’e and Ahmad reported in a good Hadith from Abu Hurairah (Radiya Allaahu Anhu) that the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “The sun has not shone in a day better than Friday. It is the day in which Aadam may Allaah exalt his mention was created and was descended (to earth) and was forgiven and died. It is the day in which The Hour (Day of Judgement) will take place”. So, this is an evidence that the Day of Judgement will take place on this day (i.e. Friday). As for the claim that it will be the 10th of Muharram, we do not know any evidence for that.
    However, we draw your attention that what the person needs to know more is what good deeds he/she has for that day. Al-Bukhaari and Muslim reported from Anas that a man asked the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) about the Hour saying: ‘When will the Hour be?’ The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “What have you prepared for it?” The man said: ‘Nothing except that I love Allaah and his apostle’. The Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “You will be with those whom you love.”

    Allaah Knows best

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