Alhumdulillah Muharram has arrived, signalling the beginning of a new Islamic year. May Allah (SWT) allow all of us to grow immensely during this year, and allow us to maintain a strong connection with Allah (SWT) throughout the year. 

One of the virtues of Muharram that Allah (SWT) has blessed us with is the reward for fasting during the “ashura,” also known as the 10th of muharram. The purpose as to why the rasul (SAW) encouraged us to fast was due to it being the day that Musa (AS) was saved from the pharaoh. In a hadith it states:

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to Madeenah and saw the Jews fasting on the day of ‘Ashoora’. He said, “What is this?” They said, “This is a good day, this is the day when Allaah saved the Children of Israel from their enemy and Moosa fasted on this day.” He said, “We are closer to Moosa than you.” So he fasted on this day and told the people to fast. 

In regards to the reward for the fast, the rasul (SAW) states:

“Fasting the day of ‘Arafah I hope Allaah will expiate thereby for the year before it and the year after it, and fasting the day of ‘Ashoora’ I hope Allaah will expiate thereby for the year that came before it.”

So, this piece serves as a friendly reminder to fast either the 9th and 10th of Muharram (Monday and Tuesday), or the 10th and 11th of Muharram (Tuesday and Wednesday).