the Day of Aashooraa  

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al-Hamdu-Lillaahi Rabbil-'Aalameen was-Salaatu was-Salaamu 'alaa Ashrafil-Anbiyaa. e wal-Mursaleen, wa ba'd:

as-Salaam 'alaykum wa-Rahmatullaahe wa-Barakaatuhu,

Fatwa-Online has been informed of the official decision by Shaykh Saalih al-Luhaydaan, Head of the High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia, that the Day of 'Aashooraa (10th of Muharram) shall be on Tuesday 6th January 2009, inshaa.-Allaah.

09 muharram = monday 5 january 2009

10 muharram (day of 'aashooraa) = tuesday 6 january 2009

11 muharram = wednesday 7 january 2009


The most virtuous day of this month is the Day of Ashoorah - the tenth of Muharram.

It is reported in Saheeh al-Bukharee, when Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) came to Madeenah, he saw the Jews fasting on the day of Ashoorah. He said: 'What is this?' They said: 'This is the day when Allah saved Moosa from drowning, so we fast on this day.' Then he said: "We have more right to Moosa than you." So he (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) fasted on this day and advised the Muslims to do the same.

Also, Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhu) narrated: "When Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) observed the fast of the day of Ashoorah and ordered (the Sahabah) to fast, they said: "O Messenger of Allah! It is a day revered by Jews and Christians." Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: "The coming year, if Allah wills, we will fast on the ninth (also)." [Saheeh Muslim, vol: 1, p: 359]

Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhu) also reported: "I never saw the Prophet more keen to fast on any day other than the day of Ashoorah and any month than the month of Ramadaan." [Saheeh al-Bukharee]

The phrase 'more keen' of Ibn Abbas (radhi allahu anhu) indicates that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) looked forward to fast on the day of Ashoorah in order to earn the reward for doing so, he Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam): "Fasting the day of Ashoorah, I hope will be an expiation of sins for the year before." [Saheeh Muslim v: 1, p: 368]

Thus, the day of Ashoorah is mercy from Allah and an opportunity for one to get his sins forgiven. It is recommended for the Muslim Ummah to fast both the tenth and the ninth of Muharram since Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) fasted the tenth and intended to fast the ninth.

Related Links:

* Muharram : The Month of Allah
* That which is recommended for the Muslim on the day of 'Aashooraa.
* The permissibility of fasting on the day of 'Aashooraa. only
* Fasting voluntary fasts whilst having days (outstanding) from Ramadhaan

P/S: Malaysia & Indonesia: 9 Zulhijjah 1430H is on Tuesday, 6th January 2009. We can start fasting tomorrow for Aashooraa.

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