All praise be to the mightiest Allah, all creations are mere sign of Whose ultimate supremacy. For Muslims, even the whole life of worship and thankfulness cannot serve to repay the tiniest bit of endless blessings by Allah Almighty, especially the gift of Islam, which is not merely a religion, but a complete code of life.
Muhammad (PBUH) And Quran – Offering Everything Needed As Guidance
Muslims and Islam are especially blessed by Allah Almighty to be graced with the presence of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as last of the Prophets ever to enlighten humanity with his truest of teachings, leading humanity to the way of Allah (SWT). The second most gracious gift of Mighty Allah to Muslims is Quran book, the glorious of all books and Scriptures, which suffices as the absolute source of guidance for humanity.
Collectively, the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Qur’an contain everything that shall be needed by any human being to enjoy the gift of life by Allah Almighty till The Day of Judgment. In fact, that is why Islam is referred not as any other religion, but as the one offering complete code of conduct for living a blessed life.
Sacred Months Blessed To Muslims
Quran offers guidance on every aspect of life, from the smallest daily life issues to the matters of faith and belief, so much so, that this Holy Book contains teachings on the number of months, as described by Allah Almighty:
At-Taubah [9:36] The number of months in the sight of Allah is twelve (in a year)― so ordained by Him the day He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are sacred; that is the straight usage. So wrong not yourselves therein and fight the pagans all together as they fight you all together. But know that Allah is with those who restrain themselves.
Now, according to religious explanations, those four months are: Zul-Hijjah, Muharram, Safar, & Rabi-al-Awwal. This article, from here on, sheds light on various blessing of Muharram, the first month of Islamic calendar.
Honors of Muharram
Muharram not only holds the honor of commencement of Islamic calendar, but it is also beholder of various other honors special to it. Though whole of this month is deemed as highly sacred, but 10th of Muharram is the day considered to be the most sacred of all, with various significances to it, such as:
The Month Of Allah
Muharram is referred as “The Month of Allah” according to Islamic traditions.
Emancipation of Bani-Israel
Prophetic traditions inform us that 10th of Muharram was the day of emancipation of Bani-Israel [the children of Israel – Jacob (May Allah be pleased with him) from the wrath of Pharaohs]. The Jews were liberated from the cruelties of Pharaohs and their accomplices by Divine intervention on this very day.
Savior Of Prophet Noah And His Companions
Islamic traditions also tell us that this was the day Allah Almighty saved Prophet Noah and his companions from the catastrophic flood, decreed upon infidels of the time of Prophet Noah by Allah Almighty due to their mischievous acts.
Fasting And Charity On Ashura
There is a Prophetic tradition pointing towards the blessings of fasting on Ashura (the 10th of Muharram), according to which the rewards of fasting and other pious acts on this day, such as giving charity, Quran Recitation, etc., are increased multiple times. Fasting on this day is rewarded as fasting for the whole year, while giving charity on this day is also deemed as giving charity the whole year.
In every act of the Mighty Allah, there are concealed countless blessings for humanity; so is the case of bestowing a month as sacred as Muharram by Allah Almighty to Muslims. This is a chance offered to Muslims to begin every new year of their blessed life with acts of piousness and gratitude towards Allah (SWT), so that every single day of the year to pass by, can help them go a step closer to the Mightiest Allah by pursuing what He wants us to.