Definition of Muharram in English:



  • 1The first month of the year in the Islamic calendar.

    • ‘During Muharram, which is the first month of the Muslim calendar, the martyrdom of Imam Husain, the grandson of Muhammad, is commemorated.’
    • ‘Muslims across all sectarian lines maintain Muharram to be the month of great solemnity.’
    • ‘When an angel shakes the tree on the first day of the new year, in the Islamic month of Muharram, it is said that those whose leaves fall off will die within the coming year.’
    • ‘Allah calls Muharram His month signifying its importance’
    • ‘Al-Hijra, the Islamic New Year, is the first day of the month of Muharram.’
    • ‘Although the fasts of the month of Muharram are not obligatory, yet one who fasts in these days out of his own will is entitled to a great reward by Allah Almighty.’
    • ‘The Islamic month of Muharram is a month of mourning for the grandsons of the Prophet Muhammad.’
    • ‘The Islamic year begins with the month of Muharram.’
    • ‘This event occurred in the Islamic month of Muharram, and it is for this reason that this month is observed with great solemnity in many parts of the Muslim world.’
    • ‘The tenth day of the month of Muharram is observed by visits to the graves of relatives, followed by prayers and the giving of alms to the poor.’
    • ‘Shi'ites packed into mosques yesterday to mark the eve of Ashoura, the 10th day of the Islamic holy month of Muharram and the holiest day of the year for them.’
    1. 1.1 An annual celebration in the month of Muharram commemorating the death of Husayn, grandson of Muhammad, and his retinue.
      • ‘This event has been commemorated all over the world during the time of Muharram.’
      • ‘The Muslim Eid festivals (Eid al-Fitr and Bakr-Eid) and Muharram are holidays.’
      • ‘The Sikhs have gurpurbs, holidays associated with the lives of the gurus (holy men), while Muslims commemorate the festivals of Muharram, Eid al-Fitr, and Bakr-Id.’
      • ‘Bangladesh officially celebrates the Muslim festivals of Eid al-Fitr, Bakr-Id, Muharram, and other Muslim festivals as public holidays.’
      • ‘The tenth day, Ashura, is the height of Muharram festival.’


From Arabic muḥarram ‘inviolable’.