Muharram (Arabic: المحرّم) sometimes also reffered as Al-Hijra is the first month of the Islamic calendar. It is one of the four sacred months of the year. The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, so Muharram moves from year to year when compared with the Gregorian calendar, which is solar based.
Dates and Weekday when Muharram starts and ends for the year 2017 and 2018
1. Muharram Dates for 2017
- Muharram in 2017 will start on Thursday, 21st of September 2017 and will last till Thursday, the 19th of October 2017.
2. Muharram Dates for 2018
- Muharram in 2018 will start on Tuesday, 11th of September 2018 and will last till Tuesday, the 9th of October 2018.
3. Previous Dates for Muharram
- Muharram 2016 started on Saturday, 1 October 2016 and lasted till Sunday, the 30th of October 2016.
- Muharram 2015 started on Wednesday, 14 October 2015 and lasted till Thursday, 12 November 2015
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- Muharram 2014: Saturday, 25 October 2014 and lasts till Saturday, 22 November 2014
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Dates provided based on the Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia
The word “Muharram” means “Forbidden” and is derived from the word harām, meaning “sinful”. It is held to be the most sacred of all the months, excluding Ramadan. Some Muslims fast during these days. The tenth day of Muharram is the Day of Ashura, which to Shia Muslims is part of the Mourning of Muharram.