Muharram and its benefits
The month of Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar which corresponds to the lunar calendar. Muharram means in Arabic sacred or forbidden, it is therefore one of the four sacred months of the Islamic calendar with Rajab, Dhu al-Hijjah and Dhu al-Qi'dah. The illegal character concerns the religious battle which was banned during that month.
While the month of Muharram is sacred, the Prophet called to fast several days of it including the 10th day which corresponds to Ashura. In Ashura, it's also desirable to fast the 9th day of Muharram. But on this subject, there is a real divergence of opinion of the Ulema concerning fasting a day before or the day after Ashura.
Date of 1st Muharram
The first Muharram is a national holiday in most Muslim countries. As the date of the beginning of Ramadan, the beginning of this month shifts an average of 11 days annually. The date of the first day of Muharram 2017/1438 is scheduled for the 21 September 2017 insha'Allah (more or less one day depending on the country).
We will announce the exact date of the first Muharram insha'Allah on our website in several countries as soon as possible.
Written by: Ali Youssef