Muharram: Traditions and Common Practices Observed in Pakistan

"Muharram" is the first month of the Hijri calendar (Islamic calendar); it marks the start of the Islamic new year. It is one of the four sacred months in Islam. The word "Muharram" means forbidden; it refers to the fact that it is one of the sacred months in which warfare is forbidden.

This month is of great significance for all Muslims around the world. This month is titled "The Month of Allah (SWT)" in Hadith. The month of Muharram has both religious and historical significance for Muslims.

Muharram is not just a sacred month; important historical Islamic events also took place in this month. This includes the "Hijra of Muslims from Mecca to Madina" and the establishment of a new Islamic state there. But primarily, this month is perpetuated in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS) and other family members of The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) during the Battle of Karbala.

The 10th of Muharram (Ashura) is commemorated as the day of martyrdom of Imam Hussain (AS). On this day in the year 61st Hijra, the beloved grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Imam Hussain (AS), was brutely martyred along with his companions in the battle of Karbala.

Muharram is observed to be of equal importance for all Muslims. All the Muslims show greive and sorrow for the martyrs, and also express their loyalties to them. Throughout the country, a large number of "Sabeels" are observed. People offer different drinks, including various kinds of sharbat, juices, milk, milkshakes, sodas, and cold water, to others for Sawabh. People offer food to the others as an act of virtue in memory of Shuhadah of Karbala. Moreover, the month of Allah, "Muharram,"  is a sacred month, so fasting, reading the Quran, Dhikr, doing Sadaqah, feeding the poor, and helping the needy are the recommended actions in this month in accordance with the Ahadith.

A large number of devotees participate in various processions on the streets. They pay homage to the martyrs of Islam. Mention them and express their devotion to them.

In short, Muharram teaches patience, perseverance, and sacrifice. And advises to stand against oppression. Today's Muslims can also stand up against oppression and pay Sunnah Hussaini. So raise your voice against the oppression that is being done to the innocent people of Palestine.

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