Closer to Jesus, Closer to Moses

Today, 23rd of October is the 10th of Muharram. It is called the day of Ashura. Fasting today wipes away the sins committed in the last one year. This is like a bonanza  I was not to miss.

But the history of this fast dtes back to the jews of madinna who the prophet(S.A.W) found fasting on this day. They told him they fasted because it was the day Musa (Moses) defeated Firaun (Pharau). So he asked Muslims to fast on this day and asked tjat the 9th of Muharram be added to make it different from the practice of the jews.

This further proves that the message of our beloved prophet is monotheism, the same propagated by the prophets before him,including Moses and Jesus and there should not have been conflicts whatsoever if his message was accepted, as it was, from the almighty, Allah.IMG_20151023_093011

Al-Shaafa’i and his companions, Ahmad, Ishaaq and others said: It is mustahabb [recommended] to fast both the ninth and the tenth, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) fasted the tenth and intended to fast the ninth. Based on this, there are different ways of fasting ‘Ashoora’, the least of which is to fast the tenth only, but it is better to fast the ninth as well. The more one fasts in Muharram, the better. (

The prophet observed the fast on Ashuraa (the 10th of Muharram), and ordered (Muslims) to fast on that day. (Agreed upon Hadith i.e. Bukhari & Muslim).

Narrated by Abi Katada: The prophet was asked about fasting on ‘Ashuraa’ (the 10th of Muharram), he said: “it expiates the previous year (for sins).” (Sahih Muslim)

It was proven from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that the best fasting after Ramadaan is fasting in the month of Muharram. It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The best fasting after Ramadan is the month of Allah Muharram, and the best prayer after the obligatory prayer is prayer at night.” Narrated by Muslim, 1163.


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