Digvijaya Singh calls Muharram an auspicious occasion, gets schooled by BJP’s Shahnawaz Hussain

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh (Express photo/File)

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh received backlash for a tweet "saluting" Muslims on the "auspicious" day of Muharram Tuesday.

Taking to Twitter, Singh wrote "Sabhi Muslim bhaiyo aur beheno ko Muharaam ke pavan avsar par hamara salam (Our salute to all the Muslim brothers and sisters on the auspicious occasion of Muharram.)"

To this, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said, "Aaj dukh ka din hai. Itna bhi nahi pata apko Digvijaya ji (Today is a day of mourning. You don’t even know this?)

As one of the holiest months in Islam, Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar. Although it marks the first Islamic month, the tenth day of Muharram is known for being a period of mourning where the Shia Muslim community commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the son of Hazrat Ali and the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, in the Battle of Karbala.

The date of Muharram keeps shifting every year as the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar that follows phases of the moon. This year, it will be observed on September 10.