1. This is the day on which Aadam may Allaah exalt his mention was created.
Some other people attribute the sanctity of ‘Aashooraa’ to the martyrdom of Al-Hussayn may Allaah be pleased with him. No doubt, the martyrdom of Al-Hussayn may Allaah be pleased with him is one of the most tragic episodes of our history. Yet, the sanctity of ‘Aashooraa’ cannot be ascribed to this event for the simple reason that the sanctity of ‘Aashooraa’ was established during the days of the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) much earlier than the birth of Al-Hussayn may Allaah be pleased with him. On the contrary, it is one of the merits of Al-Hussayn may Allaah be pleased with him that his martyrdom took place on this blessed day.
Another misconception about the month of Muharram is that it is an evil or unlucky month, for Al-Hussayn was killed in it. It is for this misconception that some people avoid holding marriage ceremonies in the month of Muharram. This is again a baseless concept, which is contrary to the teachings of the Holy Quran and the Sunnah (Prophetic Tradition). If the death of an eminent person on a particular day renders that day unlucky for all times to come, one can hardly find a day of the year free from this bad luck because every day is associated with the demise of some eminent person. The Holy Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam ( may Allaah exalt his mention ) have liberated us from such superstitious beliefs.
‘Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. Nothing to that effect has been reported in any sahih hadeeth from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) or from his Companions. None of the imams of the Muslims encouraged or recommended such things, neither the four imams, nor any others. No reliable scholars have narrated anything like this, neither from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), nor from the Sahaabah, nor from the Taabi’een; neither in any sahih report or in a da’eef (weak) report; neither in the books of Sahih, nor in al-Sunan, nor in the Musnads.