I apologise to my regular readers for going AWOL. No excuses to give. Here’s today’s post:
It’s going to be Tasu’a and ‘Ashura (9th and 10th of Muharram) in a few days (2nd and 3rd of November, 2014) so remember to make your intention before that day and make whatever plans you have to.
Ibn Abbas narrated that when the Prophet (SAW) arrived at Madina, the Jews were observing the fast on ‘Ashura and they said, this is the day when Moses became victorious over Pharoah.’ On that the Prophet (SAW) said to his companions: You have more right to celebrate Moses’ victory than they have so fast on this day. – Sahih Bukhari Book 65 Hadith 4726
Tasu’a and ‘Ashura mean the ninth and tenth respectively. These days are for optional but recommended fasting days in the Islamic calendar.
Narrated one of the wives of the Prophet (SAW): Hunaydah ibn Khalid narrated from his wife on the authority of one of the wives of the Prophet (SAW) who said, ‘The Messenger of Allah (SAW) used to fast the first nine days of Dhul Hijjah, ‘Ashura, and three days of every month…” – Sahih from Sunan Abi Dawud 2437
Technically, the Prophet (SAW) was only said to have fasted on ‘Ashura and which was initially compulsory before the advent of Ramadan. He had promised to include the 9th the next year but he did not live to see it. It is hoped that fasting that day will be accepted by Allah as expiation for sins of the previous year.
Muharram, Rajab, Dhul Qaddah and Dhul Hijjah are the 4 sacred months in Islam, but the sacredness of Ramadan is beyond par. The ‘haram’ in Muharram denotes its sanctity; the gravity of evil done in this month is more than if done in non-sacred months.
The Shia view it as a day of mourning as Hussein ibn Ali (R.A.), one of the Rasul (SAW)’s grandsons, was killed at the Battle of Karbala. Some flog or cut themselves, weep and visit his grave/shrine in Iraq but this was never practised during the Prophet (SAW)’s time. It is still worthy to keep his martyrdom on our minds on that day and remember all other Muslims martyrs slain for Allah’s sake.
I’ll reiterate; it is a VOLUNTARY fast so ladies, seek your husband’s permission to fast, if you are interested.