Islamic New Year 1434 –
15th November 2012
Today marks the start of a new year in the Islamic Calendar of Hijrah.
Ashura is however commemorated for the tragic massacre at Karbala, in Iraq in 61 A.H. of Imam Husain, his family and supporters. They sacrificed their lives in order to uphold the Prophet’s message of truth, freedom and justice.
“Their message is important today as Muslims suffer violence, civil war and retribution: be that Bahrain, Syria, Pakistan or Burma. Moreover, while Israel escalates war in the Middle East by attacking Gazans in the last few days, the prospects for peace is further and further away.”
“While we mark the months of Muharram, let us use the opportunity to forge greater unity amongst British Muslims of whatever persuasion: finding common cause and greater strength to seek the common good of all people, regardless of faith or creed.”