The Excellence of Sacred Months and Tahajud

Abu Hurairah (RA) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said,

“The best month for observing Saum (fasting) next after Ramadan is the month of Allah, the Muharram; and the best Salat (prayer) next after the prescribed Salat is Salat at night (Tahajjud prayers).”[Muslim]

‘Aishah (RA) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) did not observe voluntary Saum (fasting) so frequently during any other month as he did during Sha’ban. He observed Saum throughout the month of Sha’ban.

Another narration is: He (PBUH) observed Saum during the whole month of Sha’ban except a few days. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]


Muharram is the scared month of Islam and is also referred to as the month of Allah. It is also the month in which the Islamic year starts. The above hadith points its auspiciousness and distinction by asserting that fasting in the month of Muharram is best than any other month of the year after Ramadan. Fast is observed on 9th and 10th of Muharram. Another important aspect of fasting on 10th of Muharram serves as expiation of all minor sins.

Other than Muharram three other sacred months are Rajab, Dhul-Qa’dah, and Dhul-Hijjah. Similar to fasting in Muharram, the Prophet (PBUH) kept greater number of fasts in the month of Sha’ban. Muslims have been ordered to observe fasting in the first fortnight only and not in the second in order to maintain their energy and vitality for the obligatory fasts (i.e., Ramadan). Another worship mentioned in the hadith is Tahajud. Tahajud holds significance importance right after the prescribed salat. Therefore one should make it a regular habit of performing tahajud.


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