Islamic Months

What to do on ‘Aashura day?

Hereunder is a brief description of how to spend the auspicious day of ‘Aashura, in light of the Hadiths of Rasulullah (sallallahu’alayhi wasallam).   1. Observe the Fast and get one year’s sins forgiven Sayyiduna Abu Qatadah (radiyallahu’anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘I hope from Allah that fasting on the day of ‘Aashura will atone for the sins of the preceding year’ (Sahih Muslim, hadith: 2738) Note: …

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What We Need to Know about the Six Fasts of Shawwal

As Ramadan departs, we all are encouraged to extend the momentum by observing the six fasts of Shawwal. The famous Hadith in Sahih Muslim states: “Whoever observes the fast of Ramadan and follows it up with six fasts in Shawwal will be rewarded as if he has fasted the entire year” Commentary The Commentators have explained that since every deed is multiplied ten times, by fasting in Ramadan we are …

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Fasting on ‘Aashura Saturday

Imams Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi (rahimahumallah) have reported from Sayyidatuna Samma (radiyallahu’anha) that Rasulullah (sallallahu’alaihi wasallam) said: “Don’t fast on Saturdays unless it’s an obligatory fast” i.e, like Ramadan. (Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 2413, Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 744 and others) This Hadith has been quoted by some contemporaries to discourage people from fasting on the 10th of Muharram, or even the 9th or 11th of Muharram, if any of these dates …

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The Significance of the 15th of Sha’ban

The 15th of Sha’ban, which is commonly referred to as “Laylatul Bara-ah” (refer: Tafsir Razi and Ruhul ma’ani, Surah 44. Ayah: 3) is one of the significant nights in the Islamic calendar. Ibnul Haj (rahimahullah) states: “The salaf (pious predecessors) would sanctify this night and prepare themselves for it in advance” (Al-Madkhal, vol.1 pg.299) Some people, due to being ill-informed actually refute the auspiciousness of this occasion. The following paragraphs serve …

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