The Day of ‘Ashoorah (The tenth of Muharram) is this coming Wednesday. This is the day Allah saved Musaa (AS) from Fir’awn. I just wanted to remind everyone (and myself) to fast on this day, as it is a chance to have the previous year’s sins forgiven. In fact, fasting on ‘Ashoorah used to be obligatory before the command to fast in Ramadan.
Also, the Prophet (S) encouraged that we fast for two consecutive days to be different from the Jews, Ashoorah and the day before (9th and 10th – Tues and Wed), or the day after (10th and 11th – Wed and Thurs). Below are some ahadeeth regarding ‘Ashoorah.
Please dont forget to make dua for the Muslims in Gaza while you are fasting….
Ahadeeth about ‘Ashoorah:
It is reported in Saheeh al-Bukharee, when Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) came to Madeenah, he saw the Jews fasting on the day of Ashoorah. He said: ‘What is this?’ They said: ‘This is the day when Allah saved Moosa from drowning, so we fast on this day.’ Then he said: “We have more right to Moosa than you.” So he (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) fasted on this day and advised the Muslims to do the same.
Also, Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhu) narrated: “When Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) observed the fast of the day of Ashoorah and ordered (the Sahabah) to fast, they said: “O Messenger of Allah! It is a day revered by Jews and Christians.” Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “The coming year, if Allah wills, we will fast on the ninth (also).” [Saheeh Muslim, vol: 1, p: 359]
Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhu) also reported: “I never saw the Prophet more keen to fast on any day other than the day of Ashoorah and any month than the month of Ramadaan.” [Saheeh al-Bukharee]
The phrase ‘more keen’ of Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhu) indicates that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) looked forward to fast on the day of Ashoorah in order to earn the reward for doing so, he Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam): “Fasting the day of Ashoorah, I hope will be an expiation of sins for the year before.” [Saheeh Muslim v: 1, p: 368]