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It is also recommended to fast the day preceding `Ashura’ which is the ninth day of the month Al-Muharram as it is mentioned in the hadith of Ibn `Abbâs رضي الله عنهما who said: “When the Messenger of Allah observed fast on the day of `Ashura, and ordered Muslims to fast on it, they said to him: “O Messenger of Allah! This is a day which both the Jews and the Christians venerate. Upon this, the Messenger of Allah said, “When it is the next year, Allah willing, we would observe fast on the ninth day (of Al-Muharram besides that day)”. But, it was not until the next year that the Messenger of Allah صلَّى الله عليه وسلَّم had died”(Reported by Muslim), and in another narration: “If I survive to the coming year, I would surely observe fast on the ninth (day of Al-Muharram)”(Reported by Muslim).


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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.



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. 

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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’.


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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