Ashura Fasting the 10th day of Muḥarram 1443 2021

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم

`Āchûrâ' 10 Muḥarram 1443 corresponds to Wednesday, August 18, 2021 it is recommended to fast this day, as well as a day before and a day after.

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`Āchûrâ' is the 10th day of Muḥarram. Fasting the day of `Āchûrâ' has been unanimously agreed upon by scholars of Islam to be a sunnah deed. The Prophet said:

«إن هذا اليوم يوم عاشوراء ولم يكتب الله عليكم صيامه فمن شاء فليصمه ومن شاء فليُفطِر»

(inna hâdhâ l-yawma yawmu `Âchûrâ’ wa lam yaktubi l-Lâhu `alaykum ṣiyâmahu, faman châ’a fa l-yaṣumhu wa man châ’a fa l-yufṭir)

which means: « Today is the day of `Āchûrâ', God did not make it a duty for you to fast it ; the one who wants fast and the one who doesn't want do not fast », related by al-Bukhâriyy and Muslim.

It has been reported in the Hadith that the fast of `Ashura' expiates the sins of the previous year.

Many great events in the history of Islam happened on the day of `Ashura'. Some of which were as follows :

On this day, Allâh saved Prophet Moses from the evil Pharaoh who drowned also on that day.

Allāh accepted the repentance of 'Adam after he committed the small sin when he ate from the forbidden tree in Paradise. This was a small sin, however, not one that shows low self-respect.

Also on the day of `Ashura' the Arc of Prophet Noah landed safely on the Mount of Al-Judiyy in Iraq after the flood. Al-Hussayn son of Imam `Aliyy was martyred on that day and the battle of “dhâtur-Riqa`” took place on the tenth of Muḥarram as well.

The validity of fasting `Ashura' started when Prophet Muḥammad arrived at Al-Madina. He saw some Jews fasting `Âshurâ'. When he inquired about the reason behind their fasting, they explained to him that this day is special to them because on that day Allâh gave Moses victory over Pharaoh.

Upon hearing this, Prophet Muhammad said: “We associate with Moses more than you do”. The Prophet said this because Moses was Muslim as all the prophets, and we are more deserving of rejoicing his victory.

Then the Prophet continued by urging Muslims to fast the day of `Âshurâ' and the day before by saying: If I were to remain alive until Muḥarram of next year I will fast the ninth and the tenth of that month.

Prophet Muḥammad specified two days of fasting rather than the single day the Jews used to fast for two reasons:

One reason is to differ from the Jews while the other is to assure that they did not miss fasting the tenth of Muḥarram, due to the possibility of an error in confirming the beginning of Muḥarram.

In the end, we ask Allāh to enable us to adhere to the methodology of our Prophet by fulfilling his sunnah and to keep us steadfast on the path of knowledge and obedience Ameen.

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