Muslims all over the world are celebrating the new Islamic Hijri year 1443. We wish a happy and safe Islamic New Year for all.
We are in the sacred days of the month of Muharram, the sacred month of Allah, the first month of Islamic calendar and one of the four sacred months. Allah (SWT) said;
‘Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve (in a year), so it was ordain by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and earth; of them , four are sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein’ (Quran 9:36)
This year the A’shura, 10th day of Muharram falls on Thursday 19th August 2021
It was the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and his companions to fast on this day.
Ibn ‘Umar (Allah be pleased with them) said that the day of ‘Ashura was mentioned before the Messenger of Allah (may peace he upon him). Thereupon the Messenger of Allah,(may peace be upon him) said:
‘That was a day on which the people of pre-Islamic days used to observe fast. So he who amongst you likes to observe fast should do so, and he who does not like it should abandon it’. (Sahih Muslim)
It is recommended to fast both 9th and 10th of Muharram
Ibn Abbas (RA) said: ‘The Prophet (SAW) came to al Madinah and he saw Jews fasting on A’shura.
Al-Hakam ibn al-A’raj reported: I went to Ibn Abbas (RA) and I said, “Tell me about fasting the day of A’shura. Ibn Abbas (RA) said, when you see the crescent of the month of al-Muharram, count the days and wake up to fast on ninth day. I said, ‘Is this how the Messenger of Allah (SAW) fasted it? Ibn Abbas said ‘Yes’ (Sahih Muslim).
We ask Allah SWT to forgive our sins and accept our fasting and good deeds.