​The Month of Muḥarram 1446 A.H.


Muḥarram al-Ḥarām (Arabic: محرم الحرام) is the first month of Hijri calendar and one of the four Ḥarām months in Islam and Pre-Islamic Arabian culture. It is called "Muḥarram" (forbidden) because fighting is forbidden in this month! The importance of this month for Shi'a is because the event of ‘Ᾱshūrā and the martyrdom of Imam al-Ḥusayn and his companions took place in this month. After the martyrdom of Imam al-Ḥusayn in this month, Muḥarram turned to the month of mourning for Shi'a. From the earlier years after the Imam’s martyrdom, the following of the Infallible Imams and Shi'a held mourning sessions in this month. For instance, Imam al-Riḍā said, "When the month of Muharram arrived, no one would see my father laughing. Grief and sorrow was apparent on his face to the day of 'Ashura'. That day ('Ashura') was the day of his grief, sorrow and weeping. He said, 'Today is the day that Husayn (a) was martyred."

(Muntahā l-Ᾱmāl,by Sheikh ‘Abbās Qummi, vol. 1, p. 540)