Today, 11th September 2018, Muslims all over the world welcomed in the Islamic New Year, which begins with the first day of the month of Muharram. This month is one of the four sacred months mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, and marks the significant journey (Hijra) made by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from Makkah to Madina.
On the tenth day of this month, known as Ashura, many Muslims fast to commemorate the salvation of the Children of Israel, led by the Prophet Moses when they were saved from Pharoah and his legions by the parting of the sea. The fast exemplifies gratitude to God, with many Muslims also fasting the day preceding it or after too.
On Ashura, Muslims are also reminded of the tragic event at Karbala, in Iraq in 61 A.H. This was the day when the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be on him, Husain ibn Ali gave his life standing for principles of social justice, against a despotic regime. His martyrdom and that of many family members is an inspiring legacy of standing true to values and principles we all hold dear, and to call out any inequality within society, whether that be challenging racism, Islamophobia, anti-semitism and more.
Harun Khan, Secretary General of the MCB said, “These events in history offer us a moment of reflection, and teach us the values of selflessness and perseverance. Sadly, in this current year of 2018, we still witness oppression and the tyrannical repression of minority Muslim communities in parts of the world, such as the Uighur Muslims in China and the Rohingya in the Rakhine state of Myanmar, where the plight of minorities still continue. We all have an equal duty to raise awareness, and campaign for a better world for all”.
He continued, “Today’s date also marks the seventeenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks where more than two thousand people died. We remember them, and the families of the victims also mourning the death of their loved ones, who died so tragically in an act that is undoubtedly criminal and ruthless. Those who committed the atrocity, no doubt have innocent blood on their hands, and it is important for us all to ensure the depths of hate are not given any platforms to thrive from, and to challenge hate wherever it shows its ugly form”.[Ends]
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