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Muharram 2024: Islamic New Year Commences In India On July 8, 2024, Following Moon Sighting Delay

The Masjid-e-Nakhoda Markazi Rooyat-e-Hilal Committee, following its meeting at Nakhoda Masjid on Saturday, unanimously announced that the first day of Muharram-ul-Haram would commence on Monday, July 8, as the moon sighting on July 6 was not confirmed. Yum-E-Aashurah, the 10th day of Muharram-ul-Haram, will be observed on Wednesday, July 17, 2024. Muharram is a sacred […]

The Masjid-e-Nakhoda Markazi Rooyat-e-Hilal Committee, following its meeting at Nakhoda Masjid on Saturday, unanimously announced that the first day of Muharram-ul-Haram would commence on Monday, July 8, as the moon sighting on July 6 was not confirmed.

Yum-E-Aashurah, the 10th day of Muharram-ul-Haram, will be observed on Wednesday, July 17, 2024.

Muharram is a sacred month in the Islamic calendar, marking the Islamic New Year and one of the four months where unlawful acts, particularly violence, are strictly prohibited. The literal meaning of Muharram is ‘haram’, signifying something forbidden.

Muslims globally observe the first ten days of Muharram in mourning, commemorating the tragic martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Imam Hussain, along with his family and followers. This period holds profound religious significance for believers.

In another context, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha chaired a high-level meeting on Tuesday to review arrangements for Muharram, which commences over the weekend. The meeting, held at the Civil Secretariat, included Chief Secretary Atal Dulloo, Director General of Police R R Swain, ADGP (Law and Order) Vijay Kumar, and other senior officials.

During the meeting, Sinha directed Deputy Commissioners, Senior Superintendents of Police, and other officials to engage with Shia community leaders and religious figures promptly to address their concerns and ensure smooth observance of Muharram. Key directives included improving road connectivity to ‘imam baras’, ensuring uninterrupted power and water supply, maintaining cleanliness around religious sites, and early distribution of essential supplies.

Sinha emphasized the need for stringent security arrangements, efficient traffic management, and provision of medical facilities at prominent religious locations. District Commissioners briefed the chair on their respective administrations’ preparedness for the upcoming Muharram observances.

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