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 (mo͞o-hăr′əm) also Mo·har·ram (mō-) or Mu·har·rum (mo͞o-)
1. The first month of the Islamic calendar. See Table at calendar.
2. The first ten days of this month, observed by Shiites as a period of mourning to commemorate the death of Hussein, the grandson of Muhammad.

[Arabic muḥarram, passive participle of ḥarrama, to forbid, from ḥarama, to forbid; see x̣rm in Semitic roots.]
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(muːˈhærəm) or


(Islam) the first month of the Islamic year
[from Arabic: sacred]
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or Mu•har•ram

(mʊˈhær əm)

the first month of the Islamic calendar.
[1605–15; < Arabic muḥarram literally, forbidden]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Muharram - the first month of the Islamic calendarMuharram - the first month of the Islamic calendar
Islamic calendar, Mohammedan calendar, Moslem calendar, Muhammadan calendar, Muslim calendar - the lunar calendar used by Muslims; dates from 622 AD (the year of the Hegira); the beginning of the Muslim year retrogresses through the solar year completing the cycle every 32 years
Islamic calendar month - any lunar month in the Muslim calendar
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HYDERABAD -- Deputy Commissioner Matiari, Ghulam Haider Chandio has directed the law enforcement agencies to keep strict vigil on Majalis and mourning processions during Muharram and check everyone entering into the premises to prevent any untoward incident.
This follows the beginning of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar, which is based on the lunar calendar of the moon and lasts 354 days.
QUETTA -- Chief Secretary Balochistan capt retd Fazeel Asghar on Tuesday chaired a high-level meeting in order to review the security plan regarding Muharram ul Haran and Ashoura Processions.
The Punjab Home Department has banned motorcycle pillion riding in the province for two days in a bid to avoid any unpleasant incident during Muharram proceedings and gathering.
RAWALPINDI -- In order to facilitate the citizens and ensure security, City Traffic Police (CTP) Rawalpindi on Sunday issued a comprehensive traffic plan for Muharram ul Harram.
Chief Minister Shah approved a ban on pillion riding from the night of 8th of Muharram and ordered keeping 52 companies of Pakistan Army ready in case of any emergency.
Summary: Crescent moon will only be visible on August 31, making Sunday Muharram 1
LAHORE -- Lahore DIG (Operations) Ashfaq Khan said on Sunday that city police would ensure foolproof security for all mourning processions and sittings in the Islamic month of Muharram.
PESHAWAR -- The provincial police department, along with other security forces in the province has devised a comprehensive security plan for Muharram.
Deputy Commissioner Matiullah Khan while addressing the participants has stressed for unity among Muslim sects and expressed hope that as usual Muharram will be observed peacefully in district.
KOHAT -- District Police Officer Wahid Mahmood paid a surprise visits to various Imambargahs and inspected security measures for holy month of Muharram. He met with the administration of QaumiImambargah and Syed HabibImambargah and sought details majalis and other events in order to further tighten security.
Sunday, September 1, is likely to be Muharram 1, the first day of the Hijri New Year.