New Delhi: According to the Islamic calendar, the first month of the year is Muharram. It is also considered as the ‘month of gham’ (month of sadness). If we look at the English calendar, this year the Islamic month of Muharram has started from August 11. The tenth day of Muharram is Ashura (Ashura 2021) and Muharram is celebrated on this day. Due to Ashura being on 20th August this year, Muharram will be on 20th August i.e. Friday.
Why is Muharram celebrated?
According to Islamic beliefs, Hazrat Imam Hussain, the grandson of Prophet-e-Islam Hazrat Muhammad, was martyred along with family and friends in the Battle of Karbala (680 AD) in the month of Muharram. This battle of Karbala took place between the army of Hazrat Imam Hussain and Emperor Yazid. In Islamic beliefs, on the tenth day in the month of Muharram, Hazrat Imam Hussain sacrificed his life to protect Islam. It is also called Ashura. That is why the tenth day of Muharram is considered very special.
Where is Hazrat Imam Hussain’s tomb?
The tomb of Hazrat Imam Hussein is in the same place in the Iraqi city of Karbala where the battle of Imam Hussein and Yazid took place. This place is estimated at 120 km from Baghdad, the capital of Iraq. It is considered one of the most revered places of Muslims. In Muharram, Muslims remember the martyrdom of Hazrat Hussain.
It is known that on this day Shia Muslims go to Imambaras and celebrate their mourning and take out Tazia. In many cities of India, Shia Muslims mourn in Muharram. Although Lucknow remains its main centre. The Nawabs here had built the famous Imambaras of the city.
Let us tell you that given the possible third wave of corona infection across the country, this year various state governments have appealed to limit public programs related to Muharram.