I wanted to take a moment to encourage you to do some good.
Why fast Ashura?
Firstly, the Prophet (SAW) encouraged us to – that should be reason enough!
On the 10th of Muharram in Madinah our beloved Rasool (SAW) saw the Jews fasting. He inquired about the reason for this fast and they informed him it was the fast of Musa (AS) – to commemorate the day Allah (SWT) saved Musa (AS) and the Children of Israeel from Fir’awn.
The Prophet (SAW) responded, “We have more of a right to Moses than you.” And that is when he (SAW) ordered the people to fast on that day.
How do we fast Ashura?
It is highly recommended to fast the 9th and 10th of Muharram. If that is not possible then the 10th or 11th. The reasoning behind fasting either one day before or one day after is to differentiate the Muslims from the Jews. If one is unable to do that, then they should strive to fast at least the 10th.
The fast is like any other fast. From sunrise to sunset we refrain from all food, drink, and keep our behavior in check.
Don’t forget your intentions! Making niyyah is very important before any good deed. And for the sisters who cannot fast for whatever reason, if the intention is there then Insha’Allah you will be rewarded for it.
Is it obligatory?
No, the fast of Ashura is not fardh. It is a voluntary act. But keep in mind we commit sins on a daily basis. The more good we do will not only make up for that but also for any shortcomings in our obligatory acts of worship. Go the extra mile and performs acts of Sunnah – you will not regret it Insha’Allah.
So fast tomorrow (9th) and Thursday (10th) and spread the word. Link this post to friends and family! Don’t forget us in your duas.
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