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Government Declares Official Holidays for 9th and 10th Muharram to Commemorate Ashura


Islamabad, July 20, 2023 – In a significant move, the federal government of Pakistan has officially announced public holidays to honor the observance of Ashura on the 9th and 10th of Muharram, according to an official notification released today.

The dates of 28th and 29th July (Friday and Saturday) have been designated as public holidays across the country to allow Muslims to participate in various religious ceremonies and processions held to mark this solemn occasion. Ashura holds deep historical and religious significance for Muslims worldwide, as it marks the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (RA), the beloved grandson of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), during the Battle of Karbala.

The announcement was made after the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee conducted a meeting in Quetta on Tuesday to determine the sighting of the crescent for the month of Muharram. It was officially confirmed that the crescent for Muharram was not sighted the day before, leading to the declaration of the 10th of Muharram, known as Youm-e-Ashur, on Saturday, July 29.

Youm-e-Ashur is a day of deep reflection and mourning for Muslims, especially the Shia community, as they remember the sacrifice and bravery of Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions, who faced immense hardships and fought valiantly for justice and truth against overwhelming odds.

Muharram is the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar, and this year, it marks the beginning of Hijri year 1445. During this month, Muslims engage in various religious activities, including fasting, prayers, and gatherings to commemorate the events of Ashura. The commemoration serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of upholding principles of righteousness and standing against injustice, regardless of the circumstances.

The government’s decision to observe public holidays on the 9th and 10th of Muharram reflects the country’s respect for religious diversity and the significance of this occasion to the Muslim community. It allows believers to participate in the rituals and processions that hold deep cultural and spiritual significance for them.

As the nation prepares for the observance of Ashura, various religious scholars and leaders have called for maintaining peace, harmony, and unity among all communities during this period. Security arrangements have also been heightened to ensure the safety and well-being of all citizens as they engage in religious activities.

In addition to the religious aspects, Muharram also holds historical significance for Pakistan, as it serves as a time for reflecting on the sacrifices made by the country’s founding leaders and the spirit of resilience displayed during challenging times.

As the Hijri year 1445 commences, Muslims in Pakistan and across the world are expected to come together in prayer, reflection, and acts of kindness to reaffirm their commitment to the principles of justice, compassion, and unity exemplified by Imam Hussain (RA) and his followers. The government’s decision to grant public holidays for this occasion is a testament to the nation’s commitment to honoring its religious and cultural heritage while fostering a sense of unity and harmony among its diverse population.

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