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Yesterday (Saturday 25th October 2014) was the 1st day of al-Muharram 1436 AH.

▪ Taasu’a (9th of Muharram) will be on Sunday 2nd November 2014.


▪’Aashooraa (10th of Muharram) will be on Monday 3rd November 2014.



The Virtue of Fasting on `Aashooraa’◆

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The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم: “The most excellent fast after the month of Ramadan is (the fasting in) the month of Allaah, Al-Muharram…” [Saheeh Muslim]

After Ramadhaan, the best month for fasting is al-Muharram
And the best day in it…is the Day of `Aashooraa’

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was asked about fasting on `Aashooraa’. So he  صلى الله عليه وسلم  said: “I hope from Allaah that fasting on the day of Aashooraa’ may atone for the sins of the preceding year.” [Saheeh Muslim]

And fasting on the 9th Muharram along with the 10th is better.

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Question:
Is it permissible to congratulate non-Muslims on the occasion of the new Gregorian year, the new Hijri (lunar) year, and the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday)?

Answer:
It is not permissible to offer congratulations on such occasions; for it is not Mashru‘ (Islamically permissible) to celebrate them.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

[Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’, The first question of Fatwa no. 20795]

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What follows is a summary of the story concerning the events that occurred at the time of Musa عليه السلام; the victory Allah provided to His messenger and the destruction of the Pharoah. It is summarised from a khutba delivered by Shaikh Mohammad bin Salih al-Uthaymeen.

“In this month of Muharram was the salvation of Musa عليه السلام and his people from Pharoah and his army. Allah سبحانه و تعالى had sent him with clear evidences and proofs upon his prophethood, yet the Pharoah was arrogant and haughty and claimed, “I am your lord, most high” [An-Naazi’aat:24]. Musa عليه السلام came to him with great signs and called him to tawhid, to the tawhid of the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth yet Pharoah said in arrogance, “And what is the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists)?”[Ash-Shu’ara:23].  (more…)

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The Prophet ﷺ said:

“For fasting the day of ‘Ashoora, I hope that Allah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.”

[Reported by Muslim, 1976]

Don’t forget to fast on the day of Ashoora (10th of Muharram) plus to fast a day before it  which is the (Taasu’a: 9th of Muharram) or after which is the (11th  of Muharram) to be different from the Jews.

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Ibn `Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “If I remain alive till the next year, I shall also observe fast on the ninth of Muharram.” [Muslim].

Imam An-Nawawi said commenting on this hadeeth: Some people think these words stand to mean that `he will observe Saum on the 9th of Muharram only. But this interpretation does not agree with other Ahadith. In order to oppose the Jews, he ﷺ resolved to observe one more Saum with that of 10th of Muharram and ordained it for the Muslims. 

Read more on this topic ”Here

NOTE: The 10th of Muharram (‘Ashoora) 1435H will fall on Thursday 14th, November 2013:

The Prophet ﷺ encouraged us to fast on this day to have last year’s sins, as well as this year’s*,, forgiven. We should fast it and a day before it, or a day after it, to oppose the practice of the Jews who fast on this day alone. [Arabic message from the Muftee of Saudi Arabia.] 

*CORRECTION: Fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah expiates two years’ sins, not the Day of ‘Aashooraa’.

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09 Muharram (Taasu’a) 1435 AH = Wednesday, 13th November 2013

10 Muharram (‘Ashoora) 1435 AH = Thursday, 14th November 2013

11 Muharram 1435 AH = Friday, 15th November 2013.

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The first question of Fatwa no. 20795

Q 1: Is it permissible to congratulate non-Muslims on the occasion of the new Gregorian year, the new Hijri (lunar) year, and the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday)?

A: It is not permissible to offer congratulations on such occasions; for it is not Mashru‘ (Islamically permissible) to celebrate them.

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’
Chairman: `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah Al Al-Shaykh
Member: `Abdullah ibn Ghudayyan
Member:   Salih Al-Fawzan
Member: Bakr Abu Zayd
Source: Fatwas of the Permanent Committee

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