Muharram 2024: Islamic New Year to begin from July 8 in India after moon not sighted on Friday

Jul 08, 2024

The Masjid-e-Nakhoda Markazi Rooyat-e-Hilal Committee after its meeting in Nakhoda Masjid on Saturday unanimously declared that the first day of Muharram-Ul-Haram will begin from Monday July 8 as the moon was not sighted on July 6.

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

The holy month of Muharram is observed by Muslims across the globe. The month is the first of the twelve months in the Islamic calendar, thereby marking the Islamic New Year.

It's one of the four sanctified months wherein unlawful acts are strictly prohibited, especially the shedding of blood. Even the literal meaning of Muharram is ‘haram', which means forbidden.

The first ten days of the month are mourned by the Muslims to commemorate the brutal assassination of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Imam Hussain, his family and supporters. Thus, Muharram has great religious significance behind its observance.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha this week on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting to review arrangements for Muharram which begins this weekend, an official spokesperson said.


The LG directed Deputy Commissioners and Senior Superintendents of Police, and other officials concerned to hold meetings with eminent members of Shia community and religious leaders to address their issues at the earliest to facilitate the smooth observance of Muharram, the spokesman said.

The meeting, held at the Civil Secretariat here, was attended by Chief Secretary Atal Dulloo, Director General of Police R R Swain, ADGP (Law and Order) Vijay Kumar, and other senior officers in the police and civil administration.

Sinha instructed the district administration to ensure improved road connectivity to the 'imam baras' during Muharram, uninterrupted power supply and drinking water facilities, proper cleanliness and sanitation measures particularly in and around 'imam baras', advance distribution of ration and other amenities as necessary.

He asked officials to inspect market areas regularly and ensuring the availability of essential commodities, the spokesperson said.

He also directed for making elaborate arrangements with regard to security, smooth traffic management and medical facilities at prominent religious places, the official said.

The DCs briefed the chair on the preparedness of their respective district administrations in view of the forthcoming Muharram, the spokesperson added.