Happy new year .The 17, 19 and 21 of Muharram will be September 27, 29 and October 1

We are in the sacred month of Muharram 1440 and the 10 Th of Muharram is the most sacred among all its days. The day is named ‘Ashurah’. It is one of the most important and blessed days of Allah in the Islamic calendar.

According to the Holy companion, Ibn Abbas ,may Allah be pleased with him, when the Holy Prophet peace be upon him migrated to Madinah, he found that the Jews of Madinah used to fast on the 10 Th day of Muharram. They said that it was the day on which the Holy Prophet Musa and his followers crossed the Red Sea miraculously, and the Pharaoh was drowned in its water. On hearing this from the Jews, the Holy Prophet peace be upon him, “We are more closely related to Musa than you.” So the Prophet peace be upon him directed the Muslims to fast on the day of Ashura. (Abu Dawood)

According to another Hadith, it is more advisable that the fast of Ashura should be either preceded or followed by an additional fast. It means that one should fast two days: the 9 Th and 10 Th of Muharram or the 10 Th and 11 Th . The reason of this additional fast as mentioned by the Holy Prophet peace be upon him is that the Jews used to fast on the day of Ashura alone, and the Holy Prophet peace be upon him wanted to distinguish the Islamic-way of fasting from that of the Jews. Therefore, he advised the Muslims to add another fast to the day of Ashura.

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