A new Hijri year has begun! On the night of 19th August 2020, a new moon was sighted, signalling the beginning of 1442 AH.
We've put together a video series about the virtues of Muharram, which is the first month of the Hijri year. In Episode 1, Yasrab Shah teaches us a few du’as we can recite at the end of the year.
Muharram has many virtues because it is a sacred month. But what exactly is a sacred month and how many are in the Islamic lunar year? Find out more in Episode 2:
Muharram is known as the 'sacred month of Allah' - it is truly an elite month since Allah's name has been attached to it! Watch Episode 3 to find out how the Prophet (saw) talked about this month.
Allah says in the Qur'an, 'And We certainly sent Musa with Our signs, [saying], "Bring out your people from layers of darkness into the light and remind them of the days of Allah". Indeed in that are surely signs for everyone who is patient and grateful'. [Qur’an, 14:5]
So what is the amazing benefit you can receive from the days of Allah? Watch Episode 4 to find out!
As mentioned in the above video, one of the days of Allah is 'Ashura, 10th Muharram, which has many virtues we can benefit from. This year, 'Ashura will fall on Saturday 29th August (unless you began Muharram on 21st August, in which case you will observe 'Ashura on Sunday 30th August).
In Episode 5, we discuss the importance of seeking forgiveness on this blessed day.
The day of 'Ashura also has much historical significance, including being the day Nuh (as) ark landed on Mount Judiyy, as detailed in Episode 6 below.
Because 'Ashura was significant to many of the Prophets (as), including Nuh and Musa (as), even pre-Islamic societies acknowledged and respected it! Aishah (ra) said, 'The people used to fast on ’Ashura before the fasting of Ramadan was made obligatory. And on that day the Ka‘bah used to be covered with a cover'. [Bukhari]
Watch Episode 7 to learn more!
Watch Episode 8 to learn why we fast on blessed 'Ashura:
It is also Sunnah to fast an extra day before or after 'Ashura. Learn more in Episode 9!
In the 10th and final episode, learn more about the virtues of fasting and giving charity on 'Ashura:
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