Every year, when the blessed month of Muharram
enters, we are reminded of certain incidents: The Hijrah, The Day of
Aashura and The Martyrdom of Sayyidina Husain (RA). These are generally
the topics of discussion in the month of Muharram and Insha-Allah, something
will be said in respect to each one.
During the Khilafat of Hazrat Umar (RA), Islam
had spread far and wide and there was a need to have some kind of date for the
correspondence that was being sent out. Hazrat Umar (RA) thus
consulted with the Sahaaba-e-Kiraam (RA) as to when the calendar
should begin. Different views were presented before Hazrat
Umar (RA) wisely declared that the calendar begin with the Hijrah.