Muharram 2021: Date, Brief History of Hussaini Brahmins, Significance, Wishes, Quotes, Messages on Islamic New Year

The month of Muharram marks the beginning of the new Islamic Year. It commenced on 11 August 2021 in India and will end after 10 days, as per the Islamic Calendar (dates may vary due to the sighting of the moon). This will be the 1443 Islamic New Year. Read all the details about the event below.
Updated: Aug 19, 2021 11:09 IST
Muharram 2021
Muharram 2021

As per the Islamic Calendar which is also known as the Hijri Calendar, Muharram marks the beginning of the Islamic New Year. This is the first month of the Islamic Calendar and is the second holiest month after Ramzan. This will be the 1443 Islamic New Year.

In India, Muharram commenced on 11 August 2021 and will end on 20 August 2021- the day of Ashura. The day of Ashura holds significance as on this day Hussain was left in the desert without food and water and killed mercilessly by enemy soldiers. 

Prophet Mohammad has also referred to the month of Muharram as a highly blessed month. It is called the Hijri 1443 AH (Anno Hegirae in Latin), meaning that it has been 1443 years since Prophet Mohammad was forced to migrate from Mecca to Medina. 

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The first month of the Islamic New Year is Muharram and is considered a holy month after Ramadan. In fact, the month of Muharram is also known as the month of mourning because Imam Hussain was martyred in this month. 

Shia community in Muharram commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, Have you ever heard about the battle of Karbala? Why it was fought? Who participated in the Karbala battle? Let us have a look!

Islamic Months

1- Muharram

2- Safar

3- Rabi-al-Awwal

4- Rabi-ath-Sani

5- Jamada-al-Awwal

6- Jamada-ath-Sani

7- Rajab

8- Sha'ban

9- Ramadan

10- Shawwal

11- Dhu al-Qa'dah

12- Dhu al-Hijjah

Battle of Karbala

The fierce battle of Karbala took place on the 10th day of Muharram, also known as Ashura. The battle was fought in 680 CE between Yazid, a tyrant who had usurped the Muslim caliphate and Imam Hussain, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad through his daughter Fatima and her husband Imam Ali. As this war took place in the month of Muharram so, it is observed with great solemnity in several parts of the Muslim world.

The army of Imam Hussain consists of his friends, relatives, family including women and young children. But on the other side, the Yazid army comprised thousands of soldiers. They arrested Hussain and his group and did not provide water and food for successive three days in the desert heat. After that, the soldier’s cruelly killed Hussain and his 6-year old son and took the women with them as captives. Muslims observe mourning in honour of the sacrifice of innocent lives in the month of Muharram.

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History of Hussaini Brahmins

Who are Hussaini Brahmins and how they are related to the battle of Karbala?

Hussaini Brahmins are mostly located in Punjab and are also known as Dutts or Mohiyals. They are the true examples who fought for Imam Hussain. It is believed that an ancestor named Rahab travelled from Punjab to Arab and there developed close relations with Imam Hussain. In the battle of Karbala, Rahab fought with Imam against Yazid. Not only this, but his sons also joined him and most of them were killed in the battle. After seeing the sacrifice and love of Rahab and his family, Imam bestowed upon him the title of King or Sultan and told him to go back to India. It is because of this close bond between the ancestors of Rahab and Imam Hussain, they are referred to as Hussaini Brahmins.

Rahab and his sons who survived in the battle of Karbala reached India and settled in western Punjab. This Hussaini Brahmin sect practised an intriguing blend of Islamic and Hindu practices that is why they are also known as 'half Hindu' and 'half Muslim'. There is a popular saying about the Hussainis: Wah Dutt Sultan, Hindu ka dharm Musalman ka iman, Adha Hindu, Adha Musalman.

There is also another story about how Dutt's of Punjab came to be known as Hussaini Brahmins.

One of the wives of Imam Hussain namely Sahhr Banu was the sister of Chandra Lekha or Mehr Banu, the wife of an Indian king Chandragupta. When it was clear that Yazid will fight a war with the Imam's, then the son of Imam named Ali Ibn Hussain wrote to Chandragupta for seeking help against Yazid. After receiving the letter, Chandragupta soon dispatched his army to Iraq to assist the Imam. By the time they arrived, the Imam had been slain. In the town of Kufa, present-day Iraq, they met with Mukhtar Saqaffi, a disciple of the Imam, who arranged a stay for them in a special part of the town which today is known as Dair-i-Hindiya or 'the Indian quarter'.

Under the leadership of Bhurya Dutt, some Dutt Brahmins together with Mukhtar Saqaffi took avenge for the death of the Imam. Some stayed in Kufa and some returned back to India. Here they built up a community and called themselves Hussaini Brahmins. They did not convert themselves to Islam and kept alive in the memory of their links with Imam Hussain.

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Muharram: Significance

The Muharram month is an extremely holy month for the Muslim community. Shia's mourn the death of Imam Hussain and his family. They pay their respect and pray for them. In fact, they refrain from all joyous events.

The period of mourning starts on the 1st day of Muharram and lasts for 10 days until the death of Imam Hussain. They mourn by putting black clothes, observe abstinence, fasting and they break their fast on the 10th day, i.e., Ashura.

On the other hand, the 10th day of Muharram also marks the day when Allah saved the Children of Israel from Pharaoh in Egypt. In 622 CE, when Prophet Muhammad met with the people of Madina, he came to know from the Jews that some people fasted on this day because Allah saved the life of Israel Children from their enemy, the Pharaoh in Egypt and as a sign of gratitude to Allah; the Prophet Musa also fasted on this day. Since then, Muhammad also wanted his followers to observe a two-day fast on the day of Ashura and the day prior. So, it is said that on Ashura, Shias mourn the death of Imam Hussain and Sunni Muslims follow Muhammad and hold fast.

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Wishes, Quotes and WhatsApp Messages

1- May your New Year be filled with peace, happiness and joy.

2- I hope this year will be better than the previous year. Muharram Mubarak. 

3- May this new year brings a lot of peace, prosperity and happiness to the world. Happy Islamic New Year. 

4- All the praises and thanks to Allah, To who belongs all that is in heavens and the earth. Have a blessed Muharram. 

5- May the New Year furnish you with deeper faith. Happy Islamic New Year. 

6- Wishing you a peaceful and successful Hijri New Year.

7- I wish you the “ISLAMIC YEAR”. Happy new “ISLAMIC YEAR 1442 HIJRI”

8- I pray for you and your family's happiness and well-being. May you all have an amazing new year ahead. Happy New Hijri Year. 

9- Sailaab Dekhta Hoon,  To Hota Hai Ye, Gumaan-Paani Phirta Hai, Talaash-e-Hussain Mein. Happy Muharram. 

10- Kya haq ada karega zamana Hussain ka, Ab tak zameen par karz hai sajda Hussain ka, Jholi faila kar mang lo Momino, Har dua kubool karega dil Hussain ka. 

11- May Allah Ta’ala bless your life with happiness in the Islamic New Year.

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