Moharram

February 25, 2008 RENU

  1. Muharram is so called because it was unlawful to fight during this month; the word is derived from the word ‘haram’ meaning forbidden.
  2. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year, Muharram moves from year to year when compared with the Gregorian calendar.
  3. It is held to be the most sacred of all the months, excluding Ramadan. Some Muslims fast during these days.
  4. Fasting differs among the Muslim groupings; mainstream Shia Muslims stop eating and drinking during sunlight hours but do not fast until the evening. Sunni Muslims also fast during Muharram and on either the ninth or the eleventh day, the choice of which additional day being at the discretion of the individual.
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