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ʿĀshūra, Fasting, and False Religions

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When the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) migrated to Madīnah, he noticed that the Jews who also lived there fasted on the same day he would fast in Makkah: the ʿĀshūra. Upon inquiry he found that the Jews were expressing their gratitude to God for the victory given to Moses, their Prophet, and his people over Pharaoh and his disbelieving nation. The Prophet’s response defines the relationship between Him, Muslims and Moses; he said, “we have more right to Moses than you.” He commanded the Companions to fast on the day, and henceforth fasting ʿĀshūra was made compulsory on Muslims although it was later abrogated when fasting the month of Ramaḍān was made compulsory on Muslims in the second year of Hijrah.

Muḥammad (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam), Islām and Muslims are closer to Moses, Jesus, and all the other Prophets they attribute themselves to than others who claim to follow Abrahamic faiths. All Prophets came with Islām, the pure Islām – pure Christianity is in fact Islām and the same goes for Judaism. Christianity and Judaism here mean the original religions brought by Jesus and Moses, respectively. However, Islām as a religion is, and should be, senior to any other religion in all matters. The Qur’ān confirmed these principles in numerous verses; in the Qur’ān we read,

“And We have sent down to you the Book [this Qur’ān] in truth, confirming the Scripture that came before it and Muhayminan (trustworthy in highness and a witness) over it (old Scriptures). So judge between them by what Allāh has revealed, and follow not their vain desires, diverging away from the truth that has come to you. To each among you, We have prescribed a law and a clear way. If Allāh willed, He would have made you one nation, but that [He] may test you in what He has given you; so strive as in a race in good deeds. The return of you [all] is to Allāh; then He will inform you about that in which you used to differ.”[1]

“It is He Who has sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth (Islām), to make it above all religions even though the polytheists, hate [it].”[2]

Ibn ʿAbbās (raḍiy Allāhu ʿanhu) confirmed that he “never saw the (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) so keen to make sure he fasted on any day preferring it over another except this day, the day of ʿĀshūra’, and this month – meaning Ramaḍān.”[3] Moreover, Abū Qatādah narrated that the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam) said that, “Fasting the day of ʿArafah I hope Allāh will expiate the year before it and the year after it, and fasting the day of ʿĀshūra’ I hope Allāh will expiate thereby for the year that came before it.”[4] Those sins that are expiated are the minor ones.

Some narrations confirm that the Jews used to celebrate this day. The great companion Ibn ʿAbbās confirmed that the Prophet never sought to fast a day as he would seek to fast the day of ʿĀshūra hoping for its reward. It was reported that Ibn ʿAbbās and other scholars from the second generation used to fast two days in order to make sure that they fasted the day of ʿĀshūra. This measure was carried out as a safeguard against the possible variation in the start of the lunar month and hence the allocation of the day of ʿĀshūra. In fact, it was reported that Ibn ʿAbbās and some of the scholars from the second generation would even fast on ʿĀshūra whilst travelling. When he was told about the Qur’ānic verse about making up whatever days were missed from Ramaḍān due to illness or travel, he replied by stating that Ramaḍān could be made up but not ʿĀshūra.

Towards the later days of the life of the Prophet (sall Allāhu ʿalayhi wa sallam), he was commanded to distinguish himself from the People of the Book in their religious practices. He declared that he would fast the ninth day of Muharram along with the tenth day, ʿĀshūra day. This is a measure that must be followed in order to confirm the uniqueness of the Islamic way of life which is based on pure Islamic monotheism that has not been distorted or completely altered as other religions have been.

This is a brief summary of the ʿĀshūra story and its role in defining the relationship between Islām and other innovated and/or distorted religions.

Source: www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] Al-Qur’ān 5:48

[2] Al-Qur’ān 9:33

[3] Narrated by al-Bukhārī

[4] Narrated by Muslim

About Shaikh (Dr) Haitham Al-Haddad

Dr. Haitham al-Haddad is a jurist and serves as a judge for the Islamic Council of Europe. He has studied the Islamic sciences for over 20 years under the tutelage of renowned scholars such as the late Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia as well as the retired Head of the Kingdom's Higher Judiciary Council. He specialises in many of the Islamic sciences and submitted his doctoral thesis on Islamic jurisprudence concerning Muslim minorities. Shaikh Haitham is highly respected having specialised knowledge in the field of fiqh, usul al-fiqh, maqasid al-shari'ah, ulum al-Qur’an, tafsir, aqidah, and fiqh al-hadith. He provides complex theories which address the role of Islamic jurisprudence within a western environment whilst also critically re-analysing the approach of Islamic jurists in forming legal rulings (ifta’) within a western socio-political context. He has many well known students most of whom are active in dawah and teaching in the West. The shaikh is an Islamic jurist (faqih) and as such is qualified to deliver verdicts as a judge under Islamic law, a role he undertakes at the Islamic Council of Europe as Islamic judge and treasurer. Dr Haitham al-Haddad also sits on various the boards of advisors for Islamic organisations, mainly in the United Kingdom but also around the world.

47 comments

  1. Hazrat Imam Hassan, Hazrat Imam Hussain aur Hazrat Ali (A.S) kelie izzat apni jagha….

    Tamam logon se mera bs aik he sawal he……

    ” Kia kisi shaheed ke shadat pe matam manana durust he? “

  2. most people go to Hell, and few go to Heaven
    you know billion Islam and people wait come jesus. he will vow. you should believe accept in save jesus.

  3. Who Was It???
    Who was it – The Shi`a

    Indeed a great evil has entered upon Islaam and the Muslims under the guise of `Ahlul Bayt` may Allaah have mercy upon them, rather, a great deal of harm has been inflicted upon `Ahlul Bayt` due to those concealed under the banner of the Shi`ah.

    Who was it that harmed `Alee`s heart, may Allaah be pleased with him, to the point that he used to say to them: `You who resemble men but are not men!`?

    Who was it that stabbed Al Hassan ibn `Alee in his backside?

    Who is it that invited Al Hussayn ibn `Alee and then turned him over to his opponents?

    Who is it that invited Zayd ibn `Alee and then turned him over to his opponents?

    Who was it that claimed to be a prophet under the guise of supporting `Ahlul Bayt`? It was the enemy of Allaah Al Mukhtaar ibn Abi `Ubayd ath Thaqafi.

    Who was it that called to the Batinee sect that outwardly proclaims support for `Ahlul Bayt` but conceals disbelief and hypocrisy?

    They murdered pilgrims in the sacred land and removed the black stone from its place!

    Who was it that lied upon `Ahlul Bayt` and fabricated Ahadeeth about their virtue which only lower their status?

    Who was it that caused the relapse of the Islaamic Khilaafah and caused the Tatar to conquer Baghdad? It was the two traitors; Ibn al `Alqami and Naseer ad Deen at Toosi, under the guise of the Shi`a, they then betrayed Allaah, His Messenger and the believers. Naseer ad Deen used to conceal disbelief in Allaah.

    Who was it that used to join the Jews and Christians in their battles against the Muslims? It was the `Rafidah` as affirmed by ibn Katheer in `Al Bidaayah wan Nihaayah`.

    Who is it that stood with the Jews in our era? They are the ones who murdered Palestinians in their tents.

    Who is it that hides under the guise of being protective of Islaam while his actions are a witness that he dreads Islaam? It is the Imaam of misguidance al Khumayni. Read the book `Then came the role of the Majoos` by our brother `Abdullaah Muhammad al Ghareeb[1].

    And when anyone speaks about these criminals they say: `You hate `Ahlul Bayt`.

    Who is it that stood in the way of the call to the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger Muhammad, may the Salaat and Salaam be upon him? It was the Rafidah.

  4. If this is the way all Muslims fight over trivial issues., what are we new Muslims going to understand.. It just makes me sick in the stomach to read all this. No wonder, the stand of Muslims in today’s world…..

  5. who says shias are jews of islam
    dear brother can u please give a reference to the comment you made that shias are jews of Islam and secondly before writing any relgious article please first do reseacrh ,,,,, as it will cause fitna …… my learned friend if you are educated dats means you have grea responsiblity on your shoulder to guide the people who are less fortunate…… and please stop accuseing each other we r muslims and we all shud read our history before accusing each other,,, its not ur islam and my islam …….

  6. khuda k lye jhoot bol kar fitna na khara karo…..Different religions r unite against islam and we can not even unite belonging to same religion for Islam……..

  7. There’s an a to z when it comes to issues
    Here are some important things to remember when dealing with the shia. Only discuss tawheed, do we worship 12 gods or one? Then the implacations of what they say about Ali R(the lion of Islam)what kind of man names his sons after people he’s suposed to hate? Ali named his sons Abu Bakr and Umar. In the early ’90s there were a few ‘muta lovin’ black nationalist shia in speakers corner. But there long gone. Practicing shiatism is a death sentance for the soul. All over the world were seeing the sunnah is on the march and shia know it.Shia are only 10% of the ummah and are often called the ‘jews’ of the ummah. So true.

  8. sister in islam

    i believe majority of u need to read this article again! there’s too much negativity and diversion between u all. its not about the death of husayn…its simply advising about fasting ashoora (which as abu mariyam pointed out is in hadiths at the time of prophet (SAW) which was before the martyrdom of husayn.)if u don’t have anything positive to say amongst yourselves, its better to keep silent than to be fitnah! we are all united by one title and that is that we are muslims even if we have differences of opinions.the scholar (may Allah reward him) has written a great scholar relevant to the title.

  9. Dont let things come in between you
    to everyone, there is lot of history and many events have been recorded. Regardless if you are shia or sunni, both sects are valid and have their own reasons to be, we shouldnt debating about authenticity because it will lead no where..there is no victory if you hurt a fellow muslim brother and sister. You cannot just convince people to change, led them discover the truth themselves. Ignorance is the major reason for lot of fitnah, but also a big reason is bigotry so please try to avoid these two avenues..and just try to look beyond the fact that the person is shia or sunni, and focus on that hey that person loves my prophet(PBUH) and Allah and that is enough for me to love him back…. 😀

  10. Sunnis and Shias should unite. We are not enemies of each other… many of us unfortunately are looking at what the radicals are saying not what our religion really means. The zionists and wahabbis are the enemies not our own muslim Ummah. The prophet loved Husayn (RA) it is the duty of all muslims to love the ahlul bayt of prophet Muhammad (SAW). Amin.

  11. Admin?
    Are you on holiday?
    If so enjoy it and take care of yourself.
    (That would explain why my the posts are not showing)

    Was-Salaam

  12. Clear your mind
    this site only publishes baised article of wahabism and nothing,

  13. shia liars
    * Mutah- one can pay a women have nikah for a few hours of sex and is divorced after agreed period.(Prostitution by another name)
    not in real islam. All praise to Allah and his Prophet (saw) and sahaba including Ali (ra) who did not accept this practice in his reign.
    * Umar (ra) killed Fatima (ra). yes shia belive this to be true. They also believe Ali (ra) sat in his home and did taqiya while his wife was being murdered. In islam Ali(ra) is known for his bravery. he would have stood up to the world for Justice.

    *All sunnis are yazeedi and only shia are hussaini.yes they brainwash there masses into believing that sunnis are the enemies of ahlulbayt.
    *Wives are not Ahlulbayt. so all the shia wives should know that they are just there for child rearing and sex.not part of there household.so the prophets wives were ‘Not part of his household’ apparently.
    *They Prophet (saw) had only one daughter. wrong anyone with a Quran can read alahzab. Binatekum means more then three. zainab,ummekilsoom raqqaya fatima.they reject two daughters coz usman (ra) married them.so who are the lovers of ahlulbayt?
    *Ali (ra) did not accept abu baker r.a as khalifa.infact he did but shia say he was doing taqiya.
    please shia and qadianis open ur eyes read ur books

  14. Ameen sister Muslimah
    Ameen to sister Muslimah’s remark.

    Also, I would just wish to clarify that “anon” with a small “a” was not me. 🙂

    As a precaution, this is my last post here.
    Jazaak’Allahu Khair, May Allah (SWT) increase us ALL in knowledge.
    Was-Salaam

  15. why this site and such writers misguding common people
    This forum and couple of writers including this one is wahabi and najdi,therefore showing its inner hatred for shia’at and ahle baith a,s. And supporting the elements that wants non-unity among muslims(shia & sunni). Wahabism is just over 100 yrs back implanted by anti-islamic chain into saudia and from there all we see today whats going on in the whole muslim world , facing defame bcoz such wahabi thinking only produces extremim into mind,hatred for other muslim sects and nothings.
    so stop such wahabi thinking and writers , they are either paid agent of enemies or product of wahabism.

  16. Ashoura, Fasting, and False Religions
    Bukhari ahadith are proliferating lots a lies and creating too many problems. With all due respect, mr. Bukhari’s madness should now be banned. It’s high time!

  17. I am really astonished to read such a manipulated way about the concept of fast on day of Ashora. infact a writer should make a unbiased background research from historic as well as islamic view point.
    In short fasting on day of ashura is not true concept but such hadees stating that fast is preferable have actually been added into books on order of Banu ummayat rulers in order to reduce the importance of Karbala event, sacrifice of Ahlel Baith and the Imam Hussain and his companions. Therefore common people should consider it a day of rejoice n happiness and forgetting the sacrifice of Imam Husain who gave his life to save islam and to save bid’dat that yazid entering into islam.

  18. stop spreading wrong beliefs
    I am really astonished to read such a manipulated way about the concept of fast on day of Ashora. infact a writer should make a unbiased background research from historic as well as islamic view point.
    In short fasting on day of ashura is not true concept but such hadees stating that fast is preferable have actually been added into books on order of Banu ummayat rulers in order to reduce the importance of Karbala event, sacrifice of Ahlel Baith and the Imam Hussain and his companions. Therefore common people should consider it a day of rejoice n happiness and forgetting the sacrifice of Imam Husain who gave his life to save islam and to save bid’dat that yazid entering into islam.

  19. so much noise
    this is directed at all the scholar-wannabe’s – shia, sunni, whatever you want to call yourselves and whatever makes you feel superior and more ‘righteous’:

    if you are fasting on the day of Ashura, then your reasons for fasting are between you and Allah, thereby Allah will accept those fast if He wills. We only fast for Allah, and Allah only knows those whom are really keeping their fast in the manner He wants from us all.

    Stop making noise about why Ashura is important, rather ask yourself, are you even behaving as a PEACEFUL Muslim in the first place. We have the other 362 days of the year to ensure we behave properly and in the manna Allah wants, so let’s keep the noise down and stop pretending we are more righteous than others.

    JzakAllah khair.

    Your sister

  20. The real truth and nothing but the truth
    Will the true followers of Shiaism please reveal the truth about their Islamic beliefs. Enlighten the muslim world on the practices of Taqiyyah and Kithman as famously quoted by the 6th Shia Imam Jafar Sadiq (RA) “One, who exposes something from our religion is like one who intentionally kills us”. (Usool al Kafi p.88). Also, the truth about the ‘real’ Qur’an, Imam Jafar Sadiq (RA) said “We have a book with us. No one knows what that book is. That book is the (original) Quran which is 70 yards long. (Usool al Kafi p.41)

  21. Ashoura, Fasting, and False Religions
    @ Aby Umayr .. if the Shiias hate the sunnis and Abu Bakr, Umer and Usman, ( that’s indeed unfortunate and very wrong of the Shiia community. However, it’s much the same with the Sunnis to the extent that they have made the very name of Imam Hussein into a symbol of some kind of ‘shiia heresy.’ A striking example of that is this very article by Haitham al-Hadad on which we’re commenting. When this happens, the Shiias lash out with disdain towards those whom the Sunnis claim to uphold. Thus, it turns into a vicious circle leading nowhere. Hence, based on my studies I’ve learned that in this shiia / sunni conflict, either blame both or blame none. Blaming one party while ignoring the appaling madness of the other would be biased as well as an illogical method of perception.

    Not to forget, Abu Bakr, Umer bin Khatab and Usman, Ali bin Talib and Hussein bin Ali were NOT sunnis nor shiias, they were just MUSLIMS. That’s definite.

  22. False religions?
    Since the title is false religions, maybe the article should expand to include Shiá in that as well? Definately the extreme Shiá who believe in the 12 so called infalliable imams and curse the companions!!

  23. To Abu Maryium
    To Abu Maryium,

    Islam DOES NOT have a priesthood system,
    if you wish to follow a religion that
    does you should investigate Catholicism.

    It is a fact that the Holy Prophet (S) entered Yathrib in Rabi’al-Awwal.
    No scholar under the sun will disagree with this.

    Was-Salaam

  24. Dear Shekh/ Admin
    I commend you for publishing my remarks even though they may have been negative, it says a lot (positively) about a person.

    Was-Salaam

  25. ATTN: AbuUmar, Sheikh Haitham & Follower Of The Sunnah.
    To AbuUmar

    Sayyidinnah Husain was for all muslims and we mourn over him as much as others do. So stop using this as a personal platform for spreading your polemic and sectarian sentiments. All Muslims are mourning, show some respect for brotherhood-sake!

    On that note, Sheikh Haitham:
    Any words for Sayyidinah Husain?

    Follower Of the Sunnah said: “Only the Holy Quran is free from errors, not Al-Kafi and not Bukhari.”

    Masha’Allah to that.

    Was-Salaam to all.

  26. As an interesting side-note:
    [u]Judaism’s own Ashurah[/u], so to speak.

    Asarah is an interesting one, it is a day to used to commemorate the destruction of the Temple (of Sulayman (AS)), people fast on this day but it is optional. Boy that sounds familiar.

    “The first reference to the Tenth of Tevet as a fast appears in Zechariah (8:19) where it is called the “fast of the tenth month.” One opinion in the Talmud (b. Rosh Hashana 18b) states that the “fast of the tenth month” refers to the fifth of Tevet, when, according to Ezekiel (33:21), news of the destruction of the Temple reached those already in exile in Babylon. However, the tenth is the date observed today.[1] Other references to the fast and the affliction can be found in Ezekiel 24:1-24:2 (the siege) and Jeremiah (52:4-52:6). [http://www.jewishagency.org/JewishAgency/English/Jewish+Education/Compelling+Content/Jewish+Time/Festivals+and+Memorial+Days/The+Tenth+of+Tevet++Asarah+BTevet.htm]”

    Was-Salaam

  27. Replying Brother Osman0987 & AbuUmayr
    Brother Osman,

    Read again, I said: “…[u]corresponding to the date of
    arrival (of that year or the next) for the month of Muharram.[/u] One can go and study the Jewish calendar, records and texts to confirm. ”

    I didn’t say that such a fast did not exist, there other fasts in the Jewish calendar beside Passover (in Nisan), Yom Kippur on 10th Tishri, Asarah on 10th Tevet and others not specifically on the 10th of anything.

    Look here and see how the ignorant ones are spreading this propaganda:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_Ashura

    it says under the chapter: “Significance of Ashura for Sunni Muslims”
    “Some Sunni Muslims fast on this day of Ashura based on narrations attributed to Muhammad. The fasting is to commemorate the day when Moses and his followers were saved from Pharaoh by Allah by creating a path in the Red Sea. [u]The Jews used to fast on the 10th day (see Yom Kippur)[/u]. So Muhammad recommended to be different from the Jews and recommended fasting two days instead of one.”

    Yom Kippur has nothing to do with Passover.
    Passover is more like our Eid-ul-Adha a celebration (with sacrificing).

    But it’s not an innocent mistake, the fact is the [u]Hijrah in Rabi’Al-Awwal[/u] does coincide with the Jewish month of Tishri. So if the Jews were fasting they would have been fasting Yom Kippur (Atonement) and not Passover’s first born fast. BUT WE ARE DISCUSSING MUHARRAM AND ASHURAH, NOT RABI’AL-AWWAL.

  28. whats all the fuss about??
    This article is about the fasting of Asoura not the martyrdom of Husain (ra). I really don’t see what the fuss is about. The martyrdom of Hussain (ra) was an event after the death of the Prophet (SAW)whereas the fasting of Asoura was mentioned during his (SAW) lifetime. I don’t see why some of the readers cannot differentiate between the two. One was an event in Islamic history whereas the other is based on a hadith.

    With regards to a hadith being not true then this is from the works of the scholars and it should be left to them, not to laymen like us.

  29. syeda rafeeq fatima

    grandson of the messenger pbuh
    his love is true indeed uptill now everyone is attached to grandsons and grand daughters he did not react because this was destiny and like ibrahim pbuh he also patient he knews the reward of this sacrifice islam is alive due to that we should be thankful to him

  30. syeda rafeeq fatima

    ashura
    we are fasting alhumdulillah today and tomorrow in fact whole family
    thanks for letting ummah know the importance of the ashura
    jazakallah khair

  31. Follower of the Sunnah

    The brutal killing of the Prophet’s grandson
    It is surprising and heart breakening that muslims forget that on the day of Ashura the PROPHET’S GRANDSON and his family was massacred. Does it need to be said that Hussain was the beloved son of Lady Fatema Zahra? Let’s follow the Sunnah of the Prophet and not allow innovation to creep in and let us not allow other books to achieve the status of the infallable Holy Quran. Only the Holy Quran is free from errors, not Al-Kafi and not Bukhari.

    Ummul Fadhl the daughter of al-Harith said that she entered on the Messenger of Allah (S) and she said: “Oh! Messenger of Allah, I saw a strange dream last night. He said: And what is it? She said: It was difficult. He said: And what is it? She said: I saw, as if, a piece of your body was severed and was put in my lap! The Messenger of Allah (S) said: You saw well – Fatima will give birth, God willing, a boy so he will be in your lap. Then Fatima gave birth to al-Hussain (AS) and he was in my lap – just as the Messenger of Allah (S) said. So I entered one day on the Messenger of Allah (S) and put him in his lap, but I noticed that the eyes of the Messenger of Allah (S) pouring tears! So I said: Oh! Prophet of Allah, my parents are your ransom, what is with you? He said: Gabriel (AS) came to me and informed me that my nation (ummah) will kill this son of mine.”

    al-Mustadrak al-Sahih, al-Hafidh al-Hakim al-Nisapouri, v. 3, p. 176, (al-Hakim said: “This is an authentic hadith (Sahih) on the conditions of Bukhari and Muslim but they did not print it”); Dalael al-Nubouwa, al-Hafidh al-Bayhaqi under the subject of al-Hussain (AS); Cf. Ibn al-A’tham IV, (Hyderabad, 1971), p. 211-2, the author narrates this hadith using a different chain of narration.

  32. Follower of the Sunnah

    The brutal killing of the Prophet’s grandson
    It is surprising and heart breakening that muslims forget that on the day of Ashura the PROPHET’S GRANDSON and his family was massacred. Does it need to be said that Hussain was the beloved son of Lady Fatema Zahra? Let’s follow the Sunnah of the Prophet and not allow innovation to creep in and let us not allow other books to achieve the status of the infallable Holy Quran. Only the Holy Quran is free from errors, not Al-Kafi and not Bukhari.

    Ummul Fadhl the daughter of al-Harith said that she entered on the Messenger of Allah (S) and she said: “Oh! Messenger of Allah, I saw a strange dream last night. He said: And what is it? She said: It was difficult. He said: And what is it? She said: I saw, as if, a piece of your body was severed and was put in my lap! The Messenger of Allah (S) said: You saw well – Fatima will give birth, God willing, a boy so he will be in your lap. Then Fatima gave birth to al-Hussain (AS) and he was in my lap – just as the Messenger of Allah (S) said. So I entered one day on the Messenger of Allah (S) and put him in his lap, but I noticed that the eyes of the Messenger of Allah (S) pouring tears! So I said: Oh! Prophet of Allah, my parents are your ransom, what is with you? He said: Gabriel (AS) came to me and informed me that my nation (ummah) will kill this son of mine.”

    al-Mustadrak al-Sahih, al-Hafidh al-Hakim al-Nisapouri, v. 3, p. 176, (al-Hakim said: “This is an authentic hadith (Sahih) on the conditions of Bukhari and Muslim but they did not print it”); Dalael al-Nubouwa, al-Hafidh al-Bayhaqi under the subject of al-Hussain (AS); Cf. Ibn al-A’tham IV, (Hyderabad, 1971), p. 211-2, the author narrates this hadith using a different chain of narration.

  33. Jazakallah Khair Sheikh Haitham,

    I am really saddened to read the manner in which some of the comments are written. we are so ready to accuse.. Instead of accusing lets all remember that we are brothers and sisters and support each other.

    May Allah ( SWT) guide us.

  34. Ashoura, Fasting, and False Religions
    Sheikh Hadad is supposed to be discrediting “false religions” while himself constantly quoting the false ahadith on Ashura. The Sheikh highlights all the babblings of sycophants of the Ummayad rule, but not a word on the martydrom of the beloved Prophet’s (S) grandson. How would the Prophet (S) feel if he read this?

    By the way, I’m NOT a shiia nor am I a sunni. I’m MUSLIM. Praise be to Allah, The Almighty, and love & peace on the final Messenger.

    If you want to know if the Prophet (S) really offered fast on the day of Ashura or not, read the following dynamic piece that reveals the complete truth our clerics keep struggling to conceal from their naive followers.

    http://muslimvilla.smfforfree.com/index.php?topic=2313.0

  35. Mohammed Umayr

    Good point – how could Mu’awiyah and Yazeed hate those the Prophet (saaw) loved so much – how could they fight against those who the Prophet (saaw) took to Mubaahila (Surah 3, Verse 61).

    Indeed the father and grandfather of Yazeed ibn Mu’awiyah fought intensely against Islam but the ultimate cruelty was shown to the Imam Hussein and the world will never forget the great sacrifices made by Hussein ibn Ali ibn bi Talib (as), the grandson of the Prophet (saaw).

    The syrian mufti gives a throught-provoking speech – we really need to wake up to the truth.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS61yTqZl4w

  36. To Anon – passover and the 1st month
    You said:
    “2) There is no such Jewish tradition or fast corresponding to the date of
    arrival (of that year or the next) for the month of Muharram. One can go and study the Jewish calendar, records and texts to confirm. ”

    I have in front of me Exodus 12:4
    “The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt,’This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of the year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb…'”

    The account then goes on to describe the passover and exodus from egyptt. Must say, from reading Exodus it is not clear what day it happened. But the practice of the Prophet peace be upon him should be sufficient for us.

  37. As salaam alykum,

    I have NO problem with my Shia brothers… I am only saddened by their intense hate for the Sunnis … Their intense hate for the beloved companions of the Prophet(SWS) Hazrat Umar (ra) Hazrat Abubakr (ra) Hazrat Uthman (ra)and his most beloved wife – Hazrat Aisha (ra)…

    How can anyone in their right mind ever HATE the people the Prophet(SWS)LOVED so much? !!

    How will they ever face the prophet (SWS) on the Day of Judgement ?

    Can they even dream of being amongst those whome he helps enter Jannah thru his
    Shifaa on that day ?

    Repent, my brothers, while you still have time …

    Remember the numerous Qur’anic ayahs that warn us of falling into the trap of Shaitaan, our BIGGEST enemy, who is ‘HELL BENT’ on ensuring he takes us with him to JAHANNAM ….

    May Allah show us the light and guide us ALL to HIS true path and to JANNAH …

    AMEEN.

  38. missing the point?
    Wait hang on, the grandson of the Prophet was killed?

  39. word to fools
    the writer is intentionally wicked. “wa min sharre hasidin Iza Hasd” thats all I have to say for those who shun ther tongues when they can call Imam Hussein A.S but still hide it

  40. the writer is intentionally wicked. “wa min sharre hasidin Iza Hasd” thats all I have to say for those who shun ther tongues when they can call Imam Hussein A.S but still hide it

  41. writer is intentionally wicked. warnings have been given against such people by Prophet S.a.w

  42. False Religions?
    I really don’t like the title of this article. What do you mean “False Religions”? As this article’s subject deals with an interaction between Muslims and Jews I’d assume the author is claiming that Judaism, or the Judaism that the people involved in the story followed is a “false” religion. This is very offensive. Who are you to make the call to say a whole religion is false or to claim that the people in the story are following a false religion. Please remove this badly worded title and references to it. The Jews are of Ahlul-kitab, we should respect them and we recognise their religion as one of those from Allah. Thank you.

    I see the other comments on this article and they have a point. Where is this website’s article on Al-Hussain ibn Ali (AS) and how he was martyred on Ashura?

  43. Continuing… …The Lack Of respect
    The Lack of Respect:

    The Holy Prophet (S) said: “Husain is from me and I am of Husain.” (Husainun minni wa’Ana min’al-Husain)

    1. Musnad Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, v4, p172
    2. Fadha’il al-Sahaba, by Ahmad Hanbal, v2, p772, Tradition #1361
    3. al-Mustadrak, by al-Hakim, v3, p 177
    4. Amali, by Abu Nu’aym al-Isbahani, p 64
    5. al-Kuna wal Asmaa, by al-Dulabi, v1, p88
    6. al-Tabarani, v3, p21
    7. Adab by al-Bukhari, also al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah, as quoted in:
    8. al-Sawa’iq al-Muhriqah, by Ibn Hajar Haythami, Ch. 11, section 3, p291
    9. Mishkat al-Masabih, by Khatib al-Tabrizi, English Version, Tradition
    #6160Husain! Along with his brother Hassan, whom are accepted as “The Masters of
    the Youth Of Paradise!” (Sayyid-Shabaab-Ahlil Jannah)

    How will they face Husayn one day? When they scarce mention his name while recounting the month known for commemorating his noble martyrdom? How do they not feel shame that they, so called “Islamic sites” are sidelining the Prophet’s own grandson’s importance instead of using this opportunity to educate others among the ummah of RasulAllah (S) about Sayyidinnah Husain’s tribulations and sufferring! Do you they the Prophet (S) ?

    The Holy Prophet (S) said: “Husain is from me and I am of Husain,” they mention A LONG post attempting to substantiate the fallacy of this Ashurah fast without mentioning the Prophet’s OWN FLESH! WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR THIS RELIGION ON ASHURAH.

    Concerning Sayyidinnah Husain, the holy Prophet (S) said: “I am at war with
    those who fight you and in peace with those who please you.”

    1. Sahih al-Tirmidhi, v5, p699
    2. Sunan Ibn Majah, v1, p52
    3. Fadha’il al-Sahaba, by Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, v2, p767, Tradition #1350
    4. al-Mustadrak, by al-Hakim, v3, p149
    5. Majma’ al-Zawa’id, by al-Haythami, v9, p169
    6. al-Kabir, by al-Tabarani, v3, p30, also in al-Awsat
    7. Jami’ al-Saghir, by al-Ibani, v2, p17
    8. Tarikh, by al-Khateeb al-Baghdadi, v7, p137
    9. Sawaiq al-Muhriqah, by Ibn Hajar al-Haythami, p144
    10. Talkhis, by al-Dhahabi, v3, p149
    11. Dhakha’ir al-Uqba, by al-Muhib al-Tabari, p25
    12. Mishkat al-Masabih, by Khatib al-Tabrizi, English Version, Tradition
    #6145So the holy Prophet (S) was at war with those who killed Husain and his family, so how dare they mention Ashurah without paying the slightest courtesy, if anything out of respect for the Holy Prophet (S) HIMSELF!

    They have offended my Prophet (S) and thus they have have offended me.
    Unless they can quickly redeem themselves, I am unsubscribing and telling others not use such services, if this is the state of the ummah in this day and age please don’t darken my mailbox with any such newsletters/ post again! IN PROTEST! Unless your website redeems itself by speaking about Sayyidinah Husain!

    But why don’t our enemies want us to recount the REAL events of Ashurah? Why? Because people will start asking the right questions! Questions like; Why! Muslims will hear about REAL sacrifice and martyrdom and become courageous and challenge those illegitimate governments that enslave our muslims lands.
    THATS WHY!

    Was-Salaam

  44. Precisely My German Brother, it’s all about agenda these days
    [u]The Fast of the 10th of Muharram is a fallacy and the sheer lack of respect to the holy Prophet (S)[/u]

    Muslims are being plagued by a plot to cause us to forget the plight of the Holy Prophet’s family and the owners of this website may just be unwitting pawns unaware of a bigger agenda, there is nothing wrong with being sunni and remembering Ashurah!

    The Fast:

    1) The Holy Prophet (S) migrated to Madinah in Rabi’al-Awwal, not Muharram.
    Rabi’al-Awwal comes after Muharram and so if any Sahaabis (RA) did observe Jews fasting in Muharram they would have had to wait till the following year to see it. (Obvious forgery by someone who didn’t quite understand the Islamic calendar and/or had no knowledge about how the Islamic calendar was ratified)

    2) There is no such Jewish tradition or fast corresponding to the date of
    arrival (of that year or the next) for the month of Muharram. One can go and study the Jewish calendar, records and texts to confirm.

    3) The Holy Prophet (S) would have never fasted for the sake that the Jews were fasting, he (S) only did as Allah (SWT) instructed him to do and would have only ordered his sahaabis and ummatis to fast if Allah (SWT) had ordered it. Also logic dictates that there would be no reason to go to pains to distinguish Islam from a Jewish practise (if it was justified or true) as both were Abrahamic traditions, if Allah (SWT) had instructed Prophet Musa (AS) to tell his people to fast that day, then this divine instruction would not be in any want requiring an amendment by Allah (SWT) for the ummah of the Holy Prophet (S), because the reason for the (alleged) fasting would have been the same after all?!

    4) Ashurah means 10, Ashurah can be the 10th of any month of the Islamic calendar, refer to books of lughat and lisan to confirm this, Arabs understood Ashurah to mean the tenth of any month, only after the event of Karbala did the terminology become synonymous with Muharram.

    5) The success of this invention probably dating to the period of Umayyad rule has been successful as is clear from these articles these days. Nowhere did they mention even while mentioning Ashurah, THE MOST IMPORTANT AND SIGNIFICANT EVENT FOR MUSLIMS & THE UMMAH OF RASULALLAH (S), the tragedy of Karbala. Where the holy Prophet’s own flesh and blood grandson WAS MURDERED IN COLD BLOOD by people whom claimed to be muslims! Sayyidinnah Husain’s family members as well, including his own infant son Ali Akbar was speared to death.

  45. German, you weren’t serious… were you?
    Please tell me you were just joking.

    . . . and then make istighfaar.

    Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa bi’L-Laah!

  46. ?
    No word about the slaughtering of the grandson of the Messenger of God the day of Ashura all of a sudden? What kind of love for a prophet is to pretend like nothing happened?

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