Muharram: A new year, a new beginning

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Today is the first of Muharram, which marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar. As well as entering into the New Year we are entering into one of the four sacred months in Islam. Muharram is an important month where many significant historical events took pace.

Significant historical events

The 10th of Muharram is known as the day of Ashura and some important events occurred on this day, such as the following:

  • This is the day Prophet Noah’s arc landed safely on Mount Al-Judiyy in Iraq after sailing for over 150 days during the flood. [Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal]
  • Also on this day, Allah saved Prophet Moses (as) from the Pharaoh. Prophet Moses (as) led the believers towards the red sea where Allah commanded him to strike his staff and the sea was split. Once all the believers had crossed, Allah drowned the Pharaoh. [Qur’an 26:63-68]

How to honour the month of Muharram?

1. Fasting

One of the best acts of worship you can do during Muharram is to fast on the 9th and 10th of Muharram as the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would do.

Ibn Abbas reported: “I do not know Allah’s Messenger () singling out any day’s fast and considering it more excellent than another, except this day (the day of Ashura) and this month, meaning the month of Ramadan.” [Sahih Muslim]

2. Increase your repentance

Muharram is one of the months known whereby Allah accepts repentance, as He did with Adam (as).

A man asked the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ):

“O Messenger of Allah! Which month do you order me to fast after the month of Ramadan?” He said: “If you will fast after the month of Ramadan, then fast Al-Muharram, for indeed it is Allah’s month in which there is a day that Allah accepted the repentance of a people, and in which He accepts the repentance of other people.” [Tirmidhi]

3. Increase in good deeds

Abu Bakr (ra) reported: The Prophet (ﷺ) said. “…The year is of twelve months, out of which four months are sacred: Three are in succession Dhul-Qa’ da, Dhul-Hijjah and Muharram, and (the fourth is) Rajab…” [Bukhari]

Did you know there are four sacred months in Islam outside of Ramadan? During these four sacred months we should be extra vigilant of our actions and increase in more good deeds. One way to easily increase our good deeds is to donate to charity.

Giving today for the needs of tomorrow

We have a variety of different Waqf shares you can donate to during this month, they are as follows:

Give the gift of sight

Cataract disease affects millions of people around the world. A curable disease, which unfortunately goes unchecked in poorer communities. You can make a difference by contributing to our blindness prevention Waqf share here.

Feed a family

Although Eid-al-adha is over, you can still contribute towards our Qurbani Waqf share. The money invested into our Qurbani Waqf share will accrue profits over the year. We will use these profits to ensure communities are fed Qurbani meat next Eid-al-adha. Give a Qurbani Waqf share here.

Teach a child

Unfortunately, a lack of access and opportunity to education only continues the cycle of poverty for many. This means the poorest children struggle to improve their lives for the better. You can help by providing an education Waqf share for just £150 here.

Health

Sadly across many poor communities there is a lack of access to adequate healthcare. Poor health leads to poverty and vice versa. Our health Waqf share costs only £150 and the rewards for this project are ongoing, so you’ll be building on those sadaqah jariyah deeds too. Contribute to nurse communities back to good health here.

Orphan sponsorship

Do you wish to be with the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in paradise? We have an excellent Orphan Sponsorship Waqf share. We aim to meet the health, wellbeing and educational needs of orphans who are in need. Contribute to help provide for an orphan here.

The year 2020 has been a difficult one for many of us. Given all that’s has happened this year, we at the International Waqf Fund want to enter into the new Islamic year with hope and optimism. We aim to provide a better tomorrow for all our beneficiaries and can only accomplish this with your help.

Donate a Waqf share today.


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