Significance Of Ashura (Muharram)
The Allah’s Month Of Muharram
Significance Of Ashura, The fast of Ashura is in the month of Muharram, and it is enough virtue for this month to recognize that Allah united the month of Muharram with his personal name.
As we move toward the chance of the fasting of Ashura, a period of worship draws to a close which in progress six months ago in Sh’aban. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ would fast much of Sh’aban in expectation of Ramadan. Aisha (raḍiy Allahu ʿanha) narrates that: “I never saw the Messenger of Allah fasting for a whole month except the month of Ramadan, and I did not see him fasting in any month more than in the month of Sh’aban”.
The Significance Of Ashura
Then comes the magnificent month of Ramadan in which the ummah revive its trust with fasting throughout the day, tarawih prayers during the night, donations in profusion and pilgrimage to the holy house. Within the Month of Ramadan is the Night of Power, superior to a thousand months, in which move down the angels with every decree. Thereafter comes the fasting of the six days of Shawwal about which the Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ said: “Whoever fasts for six days after Eid al-Fitr has completed the year…” [An-Nisai]
The reward of a whole year fasting for the fasting of six days bears proof to the kindness of an inventor who showers His blessings upon His servants for nothing more than satisfying the reason of their creation.
Then comes the period of the huge Ḥajj, which not only has the sacred day of Arafah, but also the most significant day of the year, the Day of Sacrifice. And lastly, we have the fasting of Ashura in the Muharram, for which Allah promised pardon of sins for a whole year. How extraordinary is the kindness of the inventor?
A single day’s fasting continues to clean out sins dedicated throughout the day and night for a whole year. At the end of this period of worship, comes an inert period anywhere we do not see existence, nights and months with the same fineness as those that have passed, so let us finish this period on a religious high.
Importance of Fasting on Ashura and the Significance Of Ashura.
The Significance Of Ashura, The fast of Ashura is in the Muharram, and it is enough assets for this month to be acquainted with that Allah united the month of Muharram with His personal name. Abu Hurayrah (raḍiy Allahu ʿanhu) narrates that the Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ said:
“The most excellent of fasting after Ramadan is fasting during Allah’s month, Muharram.”[Muslim] Muharram is one of the four blessed months about which Allah confirmed: “Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve months in the register of Allah [from] the day He shaped the heavens and the earth; of these, four are the blessed. That is the right faith, so do not incorrect yourselves throughout them…” [Al-Qur’an, 9:36]
It was reported that Ibn Abbas (raḍiy Allahu ʿanhu) said that the verse: “…so do not incorrect yourselves during them…” at first referred to all the months, then these four were singled out and complete blessed, so that sin in these months is multiplied and good performance brings a better reward. This fact has mainly been deserted by Muslims today who in their keenness to sanctify the month of Ramadan have beyond the order of Allah not to oppress our possess souls in the four sacred months.
While there is a universal support to fast all through the month, one day has been singled out for its asset above all others. Ibn ʿAbbās (raḍiy Allahu ʿanhu), said: “I not at all saw the Messenger of Allah ﷺ so keen to fast any day and provide it main concern over any other than this day, the day of Ashura, and the month of Ramadan.”[Bukhari] slight doubt, then, that the Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ was so keen to watch this fast when he confirmed: “For fasting the day of Ashura, I wish that Allah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.”[Muslim]
Significance Of Ashura, The correct day of Ashura has been long-established by Ibn ʿAbbās (raḍiy Allahu ʿanhu) who reported: “The Messenger of Allah ﷺ commanded us to fast Ashura, the tenth day of Muharram.”[ Tirmidh] Ibn ʿAbbās (raḍiy Allahu ʿanhu) also reports: “The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ came to Madinah and observed that the Jews be fasting on the day of Ashura. He asked: ‘What is this?’ They reply: ‘This is a virtuous day; it is the day when Allah saved the Children of Israel from their enemies, so Musa fasted on this day.’ He ﷺ replied: ‘We have more right to Musa than you’, so he fasted on that day and commanded the Muslims to do likewise.”
Another narration states, “This is a great day, on which Allah saved Musa and his people, and drowned Pharaoh and his people.”
The true significance of Ashura is to reclaim Musa (Alayhi al-Salam) for this ummah. He is a Prophet whose chronicles are pivotal to the heritage of this ummah. Abū Hurayrah (radiy Allahu anhu) narrates that when one of the companions disputed with a Jew regarding the status of the Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ compared to Musa, the Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ said:
“Do not favor me over Musa. On the Day of Rising, people will pale, and I will pale with them. I will be the first to recover awareness, and there will be Musa grasping the Throne. I do not know whether he will be among those who fainted and regained consciousness before me, or if he was one of those that Allah exempted.”[Bukhari]
The records of Musa (Alayhi al-Salam) are mention from the very start of the Qur’an in Surah al-Baqarah until the very end of the Qur’an in Surah al-ʿAla.
Significance Of Ashura, He is the most mentioned person in the Qur’an, by name, with 136 references. Even our extremely acts of adoration are essentially connected to the Prophet Musa (Alayhi al-Salam). It was he who urged the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to return to His Lord in the ascension from side to side the paradise and seek an allowance of five daily prayers as an alternative of fifty. And it is his narrative that we honor with the fasting of Ashura.
But why the Musa (Alayhi al-Salam)? Why not Isa (Alayhi al-Salam) or Nuh (Alayhi al-Salam), for they too areas of the five supreme Messengers of burly resolve? One of the pearls of wisdom lies in the verse:
And we did surely send Musa with Our signs and a clear authority to Pharaoh, Haman, and Qarun; but they said, “[He is] a magician and a liar.”[Al-Qur’an 40:23-24]
Haman And Qarun
Note how Allah did not limit Musa’s assignment to the forming head of the Pharaonic civilization but built-in Haman and Qarun. Each one of them represents a type of dishonesty that is to be frequent throughout the records of the past. Pharaoh is the typical oppressor, the dictator. Under the influence with his own authority, he claims lordship, and slaughter blameless children in their very cradle for an apparent danger to his throne. Haman is the lead minister who represents the supporting dishonesty of the best. He institutionalized domination and symbolizes the conspiracy and intrigues which has to turn out to be the seal of politicians. Qarun represents the extremes of riches. The monetary power that bankrolls the dishonest civilization and plots next to the Messengers. He also represents insincerity; he was a man from the kids of Israel who not only was complicit in their utilization but vigorously benefitted from the defeat of his personal people.
Musa (Alayhi al-Salam) and his people
It’s another Significance Of Ashura, Musa (Alayhi al-Salam) and his people encounter each confront every adversary and every test that this ummah would countenance. The failure of the kids of Israel is certainly a sign of our own shortcomings when in use to the tremendous. And it is when we return to our faith that we get back the Prophet Musa (Alayhi al-Salam) as our own. A friendship consecrated with the fasting of Ashura.
What Prophet Muhammad ﷺ Said About the Fasting on The Day of Ashura
In a hugely representative act, the Prophet Muḥammad ﷺ confirmed his meaning to be different from the Jews by fasting the 9th of Muharram also. Abdullah b. Abbas (Radiy Allahu anhuma), said: “When the Messenger of Allah ﷺ fasted on Ashura and command the Muslims to do similarly, they said: ‘O Messenger of Allah! It is a day that is respected by the Jews and Christians.’ The Messenger of Allah ﷺ replied: ‘If I exist to see the next year, Insha Allah, we will fast on a ninth day too.’ But it so happened that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ return to the Allah before the next year came.’[Muslim]
The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was gifted with talking that was short but deep in meaning. In this short telling he at the same time domestic the birthright of Musa, sacred the month of Muharram, maintained the single individuality of this ummah and surpass the People of the Book. Therefore the Sunnah to this day is to fast the 9th Muharram and 10th of Muharram as there is no responsibility on a Muslim who can only fast the 10th Muharram.
May Allah SWT give us the opportunity to make the Ashura benefits for over afterlife.