Our Lord! You truly know all that we may hide in our hearts as well as all that we bring into the open, for nothing whatsoever, be it on earth or in heaven, remains hidden from Allah. {Quran, 14:38}


Muslims & Jews Share

Millions of Muslims just might be fasting today. Maybe millions of Jews too. Today is Ashura. A day that commemorates the day that God saving the Children of Israel from Pharaoh. A day fasted by a common leader , prophet for both Muslims and Jews: Moses (peace and blessings be upon him). Here's what happened.
When Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) entered Madinah, he found that the Jews there fasted to a day called 'Ashura.' The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) asked them the reason of their fasting. The Jewish people replied: “This is a blessed day. On this day God saved the Children of Israel from their enemy (in Egypt) and so Prophet Moses fasted on this day giving thanks to God.� Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “We have more claim to Moses than you.� So Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) fasted on that day and commanded Muslims to fast on this day. (Al-Bukhari, hadith 1865) For Muslims to be distinguished from the Jewish community, it is preferred to fast as one of the following:
1. Fast for three days: on the 9th, 10th, and 11th of Muharram
2. Fast the 9th and 10th of Muharram, or
3. Fast only the 10th of Muharram.
{Oh, and this picture above is a satellite view of Sinai and the Red Sea, valid for history.}
Please remember this special day of sacrifice and make supplication to God to enlighten us with continued faith. Ameen.
God Knows Best.


At February 10, 2006, Blogger Um Ibrahim said...

In the Ashura of the year before the Prophet's death, he said that next year he would fast the day before Ashura (9th) as well to be different from the Jews. But he died before he could do so. So you can fast the 9th & 10th, the 10th only, or the 9th & 10th & 11th. See the hadith on my blog.

At February 10, 2006, Blogger SUHAA said...

jazakAllah kheir Um'Ibrahim for that clarification. I will add that to my entry to avoid confusion that I may have started!

At February 10, 2006, Blogger SUHAA said...

i have added the days of which can be fasted for Ashura, according to the Scholars, and a reminder from Um Ibrahim. May God reward her and reward all of you.


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