Monday, 30 September 2019

The Reason Why Muslims Should Fast On The Day Of ‘Ashurah’




Question

What is the reason for fasting on the day of Ashurah? Is obligatory or optional?

Answer

As-salaamun Alaykum, dear brothers and sisters in Islam. How are you doing today?
We are going to discuss the Reason why Muslim should fast on the day of Ashoora in a nutshell.
Reason fasting on the day of Ashurah
Fasting on the day of ashoora is a sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him). The day of ashoora is the day which Moses (peace be upon him) by the help of Allah overcame the most dangerous tyrant, Pharaoh.
The Jews were the one who first started fasting on this day to honour the victory of Moses over Pharaoh. The Prophet later enjoyed his Ummah to also fast on the day of ashoora base on the following authentic Hadith.

Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:

When the Prophet came to Medina, he found (the Jews) fasting on the day of 'Ashura' (i.e. 10th of Muharram). They used to say: "This is a great day on which Allah saved Moses and drowned the folk of Pharaoh. Moses observed the fast on this day, as a sign of gratitude to Allah." The Prophet said, "I am closer to Moses than they." So, he observed the fast (on that day) and ordered the Muslims to fast on it.

Source – (Volume 4, Book 55, Number 609)



It must be understood that, it’s Allah who recommended the fasting for us, not the will of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
When the prophet arrive Madina, he discovered the Jews fasting on this day, and he asked them why they fast on that specific day? And they say, because it was the day Allah save prophet Musa (peace be upon him) and his people from Pharaoh.
Is fasting on Ashurah obligatory or optional?
This fast is not obligatory on any one, it’s optional. But the Prophet (peace be upon him) encouraged us to fast on this day.
Dear brothers and sisters let’s try to follow the sunnah, by doing so, means how much we love Allah and his messenger (peace upon him).  
May Allah grant us good health to fast on this blessed day of Ashurah. Ameen.




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