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Fasting in Aashuraa

Fasting 9th & 10th Muharram/Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November

Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) said: the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The most virtuous fasts after the month of Ramadan are the fasts of Allah’s month Al-Muharram…” [Reported by Muslim, 1982]. The Ulama say one should try and fast as much as possible in the month of Muharram.

Virtue of fasting on 10th Muharram/Aashura

Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them both) said: “I never saw the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) so keen to fast any day and give it priority over any other than this day, the day of ‘Ashura’,and this month, meaning Ramadhan.” [Reported by al-Bukhari, 1867]

The meaning of his being keen was that he intended to fast on that day in the hope of earning the reward for doing so.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “For fasting the day of ‘Ashura’, I hope that Allah will accept it as forgiveness for the year that went before.” [Reported by Muslim, 1976]

Allah forgives all the minor sins of the whole previous year.

Fasting 9th/10th or 10th/11th

Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with them both) said: “When the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) fasted on ‘Ashura’ and commanded the Muslims to fast as well, they said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, it is a day that is venerated by the Jews and Christians.’ The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘If I live to see the next year, insha’Allah, we will fast on the ninth day too.’ But it so happened that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) passed away before the next year came.” [Reported by Muslim, 1916]

In another Hadeeth, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Fast the day of Ashuraa, and differ from the Jews; fast the day before it (the ninth) or the day after it (the eleventh).” [Reported by Imam Ahmad in his Musnad, 241, Ibn Khuzayma in his Sahih, 2095]

So gain the reward of your one year sins being forgiven by fasting 2 days, 9th & 10th or 10th & 11th of Muharram.

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