Fasting on Ashura Day
Fasting on Ashura day carries a great reward. It is better to fast both 9th and 10th of Muharram. Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him) has said that this is the most rewarding fast next to Ramadhan. Our beloved Prophet has also said that fasting on Ashura day will compensate for one year’s sin.
It is said that when Prophet Nuh (Allah’s blessings be upon him) landed safely on mount Judi, after the flood, he along with others, including birds and animals, observed a fast on Ashura day to thank Allah
Hazrat Hafsah (Allah be pleased with her) is reported to have said that our beloved Prophet practised the following four things without fail:
1. Fasting on Ashura day
2. Fasting during the first nine days of Zil-Hajj
3. Fasting for 3 days in every month (13th, 14th and 15th of each Islamic month)
4. Two rakaat sunnah prayer of Fajr.
Hazrat Ibne Umar (Allah be pleased with him) has reported that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said that fasting on Ashura day is equivalent to the reward of fasting for one year.
(Ma Ssbata Bis-Sunnah)
In the light of the above references all Muslims should observe fast on Ashura day.