Everyone knows that very soon the year 2008 will finish and the year 2009 will start but how many of us know that in a few days (around the 28th dec) the new Islamic year will enter – the year 1430?
As Muslims living the west we should strive to keep track of the Islamic calender and the dates of significant events. The first month of the Islamic year is Muharram and it is also one of the four sacred months.
Muslim reported from Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him), that the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said , “The best of fasts after the month of Ramadan are in the Month of Allah, which you call Muharram. And the best of prayer after the obligatory prayer is the night prayer.” [Muslim, 1163]
Therefore fasting is recommended in this month. Fortunately the days are very short so inshallah we should make a little effort and fast a few days. The mininum one should do is the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) by fasting on the 9th and 10th of Muharram or 10th and 11th.
The fasting of Ashura wipes the sins (excluding major sins) for the previous year as narrated in Muslim. Thus the fast has great reward, and we all need as many sins forgiven as possible.
The 10th of Muharram was also the day our beloved grandson of the Prophet (May Allah be pleased with him) was martyed in the year 61AH . His story ilustrates the upholding of truth and justice and fighting against tyranny and evil.
The Islamic calender begins with a major event in Islamic history- the Hijrah. Therefore we should take a little time out and explain this amazing event to our family, children and friends. It holds many lessons which cannot be explained in this short reminder.
Please remember in your duas
May this new year hold much hope and joy for everyone around the globe
Posted by Shaykh Amer Jamil