Is there a prayer peculiar to the month of Muharram?

The Details of the Question

- A prayer to be performed on the first night of the month of Muharram, that is the first night of the Hijri (lunar) new year, is mentioned in some places? Is there such a prayer?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

We have not been able find any hadith in the sound sources that there is a special nafilah prayer for the month of Muharram or the first night of the Hijri (lunar) new year.

It would be appropriate for those who have qada (missed) prayers to perform the qada prayers first on blessed days and nights and then add tahajjud prayer at a time of the night because, as in all nights, tahajjud prayer is one of the best nafilah prayers to be performed on blessed nights.

Therefore, it is most appropriate to perform tahajjud prayer on the first night of Muharram.

As a matter of fact, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) states the following:

“The most virtuous fasting, apart from Ramadan fasting, is the fasting in the month of Allah, Muharram. The most virtuous prayer, apart from fard prayers, is tahajjud prayer." (Muslim, Siyam 202-203; Abu Dawud, Sawm 55)

In addition, one should also read and understand the Quran, benefit from religious works and be engaged in dhikr and salawat.

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