1 Muharram 1435 – Reflecting on 1434 and Looking Forward to this New Year

Figure 1A: the crescent moon was seen in Morocco by the Sunnis and this commences the new year of 1435

Figure 1A: the crescent moon was seen in Morocco by the Sunnis and this commences the new year of 1435

I would like to ask that Allah bless all the believers who are reflecting on death and the previous year they had and the new year with us. As of today, we have reached 1 Muharram 1435 AH. It has been 1,435 years since the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, left from Makkah to Madinah and spent the remaining 10 years of his life in the city where he was eventually laid to rest and where the second most important masjid of Islam resides.

The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, stated, “The best fast after the month of Ramadan is the fast in the Month of Allah which you call Muharram. The best prayer after the compulsory prayers is the standing in the night.”[1]

It is in the same month that the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, tells us that the Prophet Nuh, peace be upon him, after his Ark washed on dry land, disembarked with all those aboard, the Torah was revealed to the Prophet Musa, peace be upon him, after forty days of glorification and praise while in the direct presence of Allah,

The Prophet Musa, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, left Egypt with the Children of Israel in this month and it was the date of 10 Muharram. This day is known as `Ashura’. We were enjoined in a hadith in the collection of Imam al-Bukhari to fast this day as it was the practice of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.[2]

Anyone who is able to fast the ninth and the tenth or the tenth and eleventh as per the statement of the scholars, may Allah bless that slave and except it from him. [3]


[1] This is collected by Imam Muslim in his Al-Jami` us-Sahih and classed by him as authentic.

[2] Lata’if ul-Ma`arif Fima Li-Mawasim il-`Ami min al-Waza’if, pp. 35-66.

[3] Lata’if ul-Ma`arif Fima Li-Mawasim il-`Ami min al-Waza’if, pp. 35-66.

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2 responses to “1 Muharram 1435 – Reflecting on 1434 and Looking Forward to this New Year

  1. Asalaam Alaikum Shaykh, Jazak’Allah khair for your post, may Allah increase you and benefit us. Just to let you know in the first paragraph there is a typo where you have written: “1 Muhammad 1435 AH”, I believe this should be Muharram. Barak’Allahu feek.

    • as-Salaamu `Alaikum wa Rahmatullah,

      Noble brother,

      Thank you very much for pointing that out. I appreciate that and I have updated the post to reflect the change you requested.

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