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'Moharram not the month of mourning and lamenting'
Saturday November 9, 2013 10:57 PM, Staff Reporter

Moharram-ul-Haram, the first month of the Islamic calendar is a glorious and very important month, and not for mourning or lamenting as it is widely perceived, noted Muslim scholar Dr. Fazlur Rehman Madani said on Friday.

"Moharram-ul-Haram is not the month of mourning or lamenting as is widely believed. It is in fact one of the glorious months of the Islamic calendar for which Allah, the Almighty, has reserved special praise and distinction", Dr Madani, a member of Rabita Aalmi Islami and Muslim Personal Law Board said while delivering the Friday sermon in a local mosque.

He said that many historical events are associated with this month including the migration of the Prophet (peace be upon him) from Makkah to Madinah and it is one of the most significant events of the Islamic history.

"Hijrah – the migration of the Prophet (peace be upon him) laid the foundation of the Islamic state which soon stretched beyond the Arab land. It is because of the significance of this extra ordinary event that Caliph Omar decided to make Moharram as first month of the Hijri calendar", he said.

He also said that Youm-e-Ashura – the 10th day of Moharram, was regarded as an important day even before Islam. It was also an important day for people of other faiths like Jews.
He said that the martyrdom of Hadhrat Hussain in this month is tragic, but this tragic incident cannot make an entire month a month of sorrow and grief.

"The martyrdom of Hadhrat Hussain in the month of Moharram is indeed tragic, but we just can't mourn his tragic death for years and years. Islam does not permit mourning over dead for more than three days", he said.

He also said that more than fourteen hundred years of the Islamic history is full of sacrifices, and there are plenty of martyrs, everyone contributing immensely for the religion.

"No one denies the significance of Hadhrat Huassain's martyrdom. But, there is Hadrat Hamza, whom the Prophet (peace be upon him) himself has given the title of Syed-us-Shohdah (Liege-lord of all martyrs). Caliph Omar was also a martyr. Caliph Usman too was a martyr. He was killed in Madinah in the most tragic manner. Caliph Ali, the father of Hadhrat Hussain, himself was a martyr. The martyrdom of each one of these noble companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) is very significant and important. Then how can we single out Hadhrat Hussain for mourning?" he asked.

"Moreover", he said, "The way people mourn in this month - lamenting , and beating chest and face, is totally un-Islamic and is without any basis."

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