Muharram

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From Arabic مُحَرّمٌ (forbidden), from حَرُمَ (ḥaruma, to be forbidden).

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Muharram

  1. The first month of the Islamic calendar.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘His Chance in Life’, Plain Tales from the Hills, Folio 2005, p. 56:
      These, hearing nothing of the Collector-Sahib for some time, and heartily despising the Hindu Sub-Judge, arranged to start a little Mohurrum riot of their own.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 100:
      It was unfortunate, moreover, that he arrived in Teheran in January 1829 during the holy month of Muharram, when feelings run high and the faithful slash themselves with swords and pour glowing cinders on their heads.
  2. A Shiite festival held during its first ten days; Ashura.

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