⛊🛡↩محرمMuharram [from Arabic: sacred/to forbid from harm]⏸🔥↪Ashura, denoting “10,” is the 10th day of the 1st Islamic Month↩🛡⛊

In linguistics, ordinal numbers are words representing position or rank in a sequential order. The order may be of size, importance, chronology, and so on. In English, they are adjectives such as third and tertiary. They differ from cardinal numbers, which represent quantity.
In linguistics, ordinal numbers are words representing position or rank in a sequential order. The order may be of size, importance, chronology, and so on. In English, they are adjectives such as third and tertiary. They differ from cardinal numbers, which represent quantity. So the Arabic 10 is likened with Asr (Time, Ages, Eons) where شاعر Poet in Arabic is a Shaeir (writer of poems). Ash-Shi’ru meaning poetry (rhymed, or measured, and prose) Grouped الشعراء Ashshueara’ meaning Poets. Pre-Islāmic poets were under suspicion, but, with the development of Arabic grammar and philology, it was their language of the desert that, once influenced by the Qurʾān (structure of recital being linked together like without doubt), became the standard of classical Arabic literature.

History, Traditions and Observance of Muharram

On the first day of Muharram, the Islamic New Year is observed by Muslims. A season of worship draws to a close which started six months ago in Shʿabān. The Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) would fast much of Shʿabān in anticipation of Ramaḍān. ʿĀisha (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanha) narrates that: “I never saw the Messenger of Allāh (subhanahu wa taala) fasting for a whole month except the month of Ramaḍān, and I did not see him fasting in any month more than in the month of Shʿabān.”[1]

Then comes the glorious month of Ramaḍān in which the ummah revives its faith with fasting during the day, tarāwiḥ prayers throughout the night, charity in abundance and pilgrimage to the sacred house. Within Ramaḍān is the Night of Power, better than a thousand months, in which descend the angels with every decree. Thereafter comes the fasting of the six days of Shawāl about which the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever fasts for six days after al-Fitr has completed the year…”[2] The reward of a whole years fasting for the fasting of six days bears testimony to the generosity of a Creator who showers His blessings upon His servants for nothing more than fulfilling the purpose of their creation.
Then comes the season of the great Ḥajj, which not only has the blessed day of ʿArafah, but also the greatest day of the year, the Day of Sacrifice. And finally we have the fasting of ʿĀshūra in the month of Muharram, for which Allāh (subhanahu wa taala) promised forgiveness of sins for an entire year. How remarkable is the generosity of the Creator. A single day’s fasting continues to wipe out sins committed during the day and night for an entire year. At the end of this season of worship, comes a subdued period where we do not see days, nights and months with the same excellence as those that have passed, so let us end this season on a spiritual high.

The start of the Islamic New Year (Hijri) and the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) take place at the same time this year on the 2nd of October 2016. Rosh Hashanah is also regarded as the traditional anniversary as the creation of Adam and Eve, though Jews believe that it is a time of judgement when God balances a person’s good deeds over the wrongdoings that they may have conducted. Hence, it is also seen as a time of reflection. wwwpages: faithmatters.org/2016/10/02/the-islamic-new-year-and-jewish-new-year-co-exist-in-2016 It’s significance is therefore symbolic and spiritual and a time of renewal and regeneration.
The start of the Islamic New Year (Hijri) and the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) take place at the same time this year on the 2nd of October 2016. Rosh Hashanah is also regarded as the traditional anniversary as the creation of Adam and Eve, though Jews believe that it is a time of judgement when God balances a person’s good deeds over the wrongdoings that they may have conducted. Hence, it is also seen as a time of reflection. wwwpages: faithmatters.org/2016/10/02/the-islamic-new-year-and-jewish-new-year-co-exist-in-2016 It’s significance is therefore symbolic and spiritual and a time of renewal and regeneration.
Apples and honey combine in sweet apple punch, a bourbon cocktail that’s ideal for the new year.
Apples and honey combine in sweet apple punch, a bourbon cocktail that’s ideal for the new year.

Abū Hurayrah (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) narrates that the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said: “The best of fasting after Ramaḍān is fasting during Allāh(swt)’s month, Muharram.”[3] Muharram is one of the four sacred months about which Allāh(swt) stated: “Indeed, the number of months with Allāh is twelve months in the register of Allāh [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred. That is the correct religion, so do not wrong yourselves during them…”[4] It was reported that Ibn ʿAbbās (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) said that the verse: “…so do not wrong yourselves during them…” initially referred to all the months, then these four were singled out and made sacred, so that sin in these months is multiplied and good deeds bring a greater reward. This fact has largely been neglected by Muslims today who in their eagerness to sanctify the month of Ramaḍān have forgotten the order of Allāh not to oppress our own souls in the four sacred months. While there is a general encouragement to fast throughout the month, one day has been singled out for its virtue above all others. Ibn ʿAbbās (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu), said: “I never saw the Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) so keen to fast any day and give it priority over any other than this day, the day of ʿĀshūra, and this month (meaning Ramaḍān).”[5] Little wonder, then, that the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) was so keen to observe this fast when he stated: “For fasting the day of ʿĀshūra, I hope that Allāh will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.”[6] The exact day of ʿĀshūra has been confirmed by Ibn ʿAbbās (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) who reported: “The Messenger of Allāh (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) commanded us to fast ʿĀshūra, the tenth day of Muharram.”[7] Ibn ʿAbbās (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) also reports: “The Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) came to Madīnah and observed that the Jews were fasting on the day of ʿĀshūra. He asked: ‘What is this?’ They replied: ‘This is a righteous day; it is the day when Allāh(swt) saved the Children of Israel from their enemies, so Mūsa fasted on this day.’ He (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) replied: ‘We have more right to Mūsa than you’, so he fasted on that day and commanded the Muslims to do likewise.”[8]

Another narration states, “This is a great day, on which Allāh(swt) saved Mūsa and his people, and drowned Pharaoh and his people.”[9] The true significance of ʿĀshūra is to reclaim Mūsa (ʿalayhi al-Salām) for this ummah. He is a Prophet whose chronicles are pivotal to the heritage of this ummah. Abū Hurayrah (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) narrates that when one of the companions disputed with a Jew regarding the status of the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) compared to Mūsa, the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said: “Do not prefer me over Mūsa. On the Day of Rising, people will faint, and I will faint with them. I will be the first to regain consciousness, and there will be Mūsa grasping the Throne. I do not know whether he will be among those who fainted and regained consciousness before me, or if he was one of those that Allāh(swt) exempted.”[10] The chronicles of Mūsa (ʿalayhi al-Salām) are mentioned from the very beginning of the Qur’ān in Sūrah al-Baqarah until the very end of the Qur’ān in Sūrah al-ʿAlā. He is the most oft mentioned person in the Qur’ān, by name, with 136 references.

Even our very acts of worship are intrinsically connected to the Prophet Mūsa (ʿalayhi al-Salām). It was he who urged the Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) to return to His Lord in the ascension through the heavens and seek a concession of five daily prayers instead of fifty.

Morgan Freeman attends Shia Muslim ceremony
Freeman was pictured sitting cross-legged on the floor surrounded by worshippers marking Ashura, a major festival for Shia Muslims.
He was attending the ceremony at Al-Khoei Foundation, London, Queens Park as part of his documentary series “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman,” which premiered last April and claims to explore different cultures and religions to uncover the meaning of life.
Freeman has routinely expressed interest in Islam.
Earlier this year, during an episode of National Geographic’s “The Story of God,” he explained that he recently became intrigued with the religion.
“Meeting Muslims face to face, I’ve learned that Islam aims for people to live in peace,” Freeman remarked. “But watching the news today, you’d be forgiven for not knowing that. A tiny percentage of Muslims are waging war against the West.”
In that same episode, the actor The actor also stated that the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions pay homage to the same God. “Islam is an Arabic word that means surrender. Submission to God’s will. The same god the Jews and Christians worship,” he added.
Freeman, a veteran actor, has starred in movies such as “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Dark Knight,” and “Deep Impact.” wwwpages: arabamericannews.com/news/news/id_13071/cid_8/Morgan-Freeman-attends-Shia-Muslim-ceremony.html

And We did certainly send Mūsa with Our signs and a clear authority to Pharaoh, Hāmān and Qārūn; but they said, “[He is] a magician and a liar.”[11]
Note how Allāh did not restrict Mūsa’s mission to the figure head of the Pharonic society but included Hāmān and Qārūn. Each one of them represents a type of corruption that is to be repeated throughout the annals of history. Pharaoh is the archetypal tyrant, the despot. Intoxicated with his own power, he claims lordship, and slaughters innocent children in their very cradles for a perceived threat to his throne. Hāmān is the chief minister who represents the political corruption of the elite. He institutionalizes oppression and symbolizes the intrigue and plotting which has become the hallmark of politicians. Qārūn represents the excesses of wealth. The financial power that bankrolls the corrupt society and plots against the Messengers. He also represents hypocrisy; he was a man from the Children of Israel who not only was complicit in their exploitation, but actively benefited from the subjugation of his own people.

Mūsa (ʿalayhi al-Salām) and his people encountered every challenge, every opponent and every trial that this ummah would face. The failures of the Children of Israel are indeed a manifestation of our own shortcomings when taken to the extreme. And it is when we return to our religion that we reclaim the Prophet Mūsa (ʿalayhi al-Salām) as our own.
The Prophet Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) was endowed with speech that was brief but profound in meaning. In this short narration he simultaneously reclaimed the legacy of Mūsa, sanctified the month of Muharram, maintained the unique identity of this ummah and surpassed the People of the Book.

Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair admonition, and argue with them in the kindest way. Your Lord knows best who is misguided from His way. And He knows best who are guided. (Surat an-Nahl, 125) You will find that the people most hostile to those who have iman are the Jews and the mushrikun. You will find the people most affectionate to those who have iman are those who say, ‘We are Christians.’ That is because some of them are priests and monks and because they are not arrogant. (Surat al-Ma'ida, 82) Only argue with the People of the Book in the kindest way – except in the case of those of them who do wrong – saying, ‘We believe in what has been sent down to us and what was sent down to you. Our God and your God are one and we submit to Him.’ (Surat al-'Ankabut, 46)
Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair admonition, and argue with them in the kindest way. Your Lord knows best who is misguided from His way. And He knows best who are guided. (Surat an-Nahl, 125) You will find that the people most hostile to those who have iman are the Jews and the mushrikun. You will find the people most affectionate to those who have iman are those who say, ‘We are Christians.’ That is because some of them are priests and monks and because they are not arrogant. (Surat al-Ma’ida, 82) Only argue with the People of the Book in the kindest way – except in the case of those of them who do wrong – saying, ‘We believe in what has been sent down to us and what was sent down to you. Our God and your God are one and we submit to Him.’ (Surat al-‘Ankabut, 46) [wwwpages: harunyahya.com/en/Articles/20582/verses-regarding-the-people-of] Had we not warned our people, they intended to present Öcalan as a ‘savior’ and divide Turkey. Intellectually, we have prevented all this. Adnan Oktar Says… – Atlas of Creation
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We live in times where the excesses of the heretics have obscured the true significance of Muharram in general and ʿĀshūra in particular. Collective self-harm in full view of a bewildered public has no basis in the sharīʿah, contradicts sound intellect and resembles the practices of Jāhiliyyah (the days of ignorance). It is high time that orthodox Muslims reclaimed Muharram.

Notes:
[1] Bukhārī
[2] An-Nisāʿī’ and Ibn Mājah. See also Ṣaḥiḥ at-Targhib wa’t-Tarhib, 1/421
[3] Muslim
[4] Al-Qur’ān, 9:36
[5] Bukhārī
[6] Muslim
[7] Tirmidhi, who said a Ṣaḥīḥ Ḥasan Ḥadīth
[8] Bukhārī
[9] Muslim
[10] Bukhārī
[11] Al-Qur’ān 40:23-24
[12] Muslim

Abu Sufyan composed a poem to explain his previous reluctance for Islam being first cousin and companion of the Islamic Prophet: By thy life, when I carried a banner To give al-Lat’s cavalry the victory over Muhammad, I was like one going astray in the darkness of the night, But now I am led on the right track. I could not guide myself, and he who with Allah overcame me was he whom I had driven away with all my might. I used to do all I could to keep men from Muhammad, And I was called a relative of his, though I did not claim the relation. They are what they are. He who does not hold with them Though he be a man of sense is blamed and given the lie. I wanted to be on good terms with them [the Muslims], But I could not join them while I was not guided. Abu Sufyan became “the best of Muslims” and “nothing bad was said about him.”

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Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said, “This is an important message to Israel that it must end its occupation and recognize the Palestinian state and Jerusalem as its capital with its sacred Muslim and Christian sites.”
The resolution was voted through on Thursday with 24 votes in favour, six against, and 26 abstentions with two countries absent, the diplomatic source and another source with knowledge of the vote said Thursday. [wwwpages: foxnews.com/world/2016/10/13/israeli-leader-blasts-un-resolution-on-jerusalem.html] France, which is trying to bring the Israeli and Palestinian leaders back to the negotiating table by year end, was among the countries voting in favour of the resolution on a previous occasion, a move that caused a diplomatic row with the Israeli government.
Earlier this year, President François Hollande said there had been an “unfortunate” amendment to the text on that occasion and that he would be “extremely vigilant” with this year’s resolution. Paris abstained this time round, the diplomat said.
A holy place is supposed to be a center for world peace, tolerance and respect for one another. It should be a world power of light for all people who believe that God is not exclusive but inclusive.

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