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Muḥarram al-Ḥarām (Arabic: محرم الحرام) is the first month of Hijri calendar. It is called "Muharram" (forbidden) because fighting is forbidden in this month. The importance of this month for Shi'a is because the event of Ashura' and the martyrdom of Imam al-Husayn (a) and his companions took place in this month. Every year, Shi'a commemorates the martyrdom of their Imam in this month by holding mourning sessions.


"Muharram al-haram" is the first month of the Hijri calendar and one of the four Haram months in Islam and Pre-Islamic Arabian culture. It is called "Muharram" (forbidden) because fighting is forbidden in this month.[1]

Month of Mourning

After martyrdom of Imam al-Husayn (a) in this month, Muharram turned to the month of mourning for Shi'a. From the earlier years after Imam's martyrdom, the following infallible Imams (a) and Shi'a held mourning sessions in this month. For instance, Imam al-Rida (a) 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.'"[2]

Mirza Jawad Maliki Tabrizi writes in his book al-Muraqibat,

In this month and especially in the first ten days, devotees of the Prophet's household (a) should be sad in their heart and appearance. They also should leave some Halal enjoyments, especially in 9th, 10th and 11th of this month, like someone bereaved. In the first ten days, they should remember their Imam (a) by reading Ziyarat al-'Ashura'.[3]

Recommended Practices

People mourning for Imam al-Husayn (a) in Ahwaz, Iran in Muharram al-Haram 1435/2013.

1- Eve of the first day

2- The first day:

  • Fasting
  • Performing 2 Rak'as of prayer followed by the reported supplication.

3- Eve of the 10th day

  • Performing 100 Rak'as of prayer; in each Rak'a Sura al-Hamd and 3 times Sura al-Tawhid, and saying a short Dhikr after finishing 100 Rak'as.
  • Performing 4 Rak'as of prayer at the end of the night, in each Rak'a after reciting Sura al-Hamd, Ayat al-Kursi, Sura al-Tawhid, Sura al-Falaq and Sura al-Nas; ten times each. After finishing the 4 Rak'as, reciting Sura al-Tawhid 100 times.

3- The 10th day (the day of 'Ashura)

  • Mourning for Imam al-Husayn (a)
  • Reading Ziyarat al-'Ashura
  • Reading Ziyarat al-Warith
  • Greeting other Mu'mins (the faithful) with, "May Allah make our reward and your reward great, for our grief for Husayn, peace be on him. May He place you and us among those who avenge his blood with His representative, the guided Imam [Imam al-Mahdi] from the household of Muhammad, peace be on them."
  • Repeating, "O, God! Curse the murderers of al-Husayn - Peace be upon him" for one thousand times.

4- The 21st day: - Fasting

Important Events

See Also


  1. Masʿūdī, Murūj al-dhahab, vol. 2, p. 188.
  2. Qummī, Muntahā l-āmāl, vol. 1, p. 540.
  3. Malikī Tabrīzī, al-Murāqibāt, p. 25-26.


  • Malikī Tabrīzī, Mīrzā Jawād. Al-Murāqibāt. Qom: Muʾassisat Dār al-Iʿtiṣām li-l-Ṭibāʿa wa l-Nashr, 1416 AH.
  • Masʿūdī, ʿAlī b. al-Ḥusayn al-. Murūj al-dhahab wa maʿādin al-jawhar. Edited by Asʿad Dāghir. Second edition. Qom: Dār al-Hijra, 1409 AH.
  • Qummī, Shaykh ʿAbbās. Muntahā l-āmāl. Thirteenth edition. Qom: Hijrat, 1378 Sh.