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Lost & Found Wallet Draws Muslim, Jew Closer on `Ashoura

LONDON – Just like millions of Muslims around the world, Shehroze Khan was fasting on Thursday, September 20, marking the Islamic festive day of Ashura on the 10th of the first Hijri month of Muharram. But he had what he described as “a bad day”, in which he had to play squash barefooted…and lost his …

Speaking Truth to Power: The Eloquence of the Prophet’s Granddaughter

Speaking Truth to Power: The Eloquence of the Prophet’s Granddaughter

AHL AL-BAYT – the family of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH),–those bound to him by blood and by marriage, those whom he spoke of in his sermon at Khumm: “And the people of my household, I remind you of Allah with regard to the people of my household! I remind you of Allah with regard to the people of my …

Why Al-Hussein Took His Family to Karbalaa'

Why Did Imam Al-Hussein Take His Family to Karbala?

Why did Al-Hussein (may Allah be pleased with him) take his family in his expedition to Kufah? Was not he exposing his household to danger and risking their safety and life unnecessarily? This question is raised from time to time, especially on Muharram 10, the anniversary of the tragedy of Karbala. On that sad day, the grandson of Prophet …

Ashura & Yom Kippur: Muslims & Jews Will Fast Together This Year

JEDDAH – Wednesday, September 19 was a very special day this year, seeing both world Muslims and Jews fasting together to mark religious occasions, a rare coincidence that occurs a few times each generation. “This coming year may become a very good year because this year both Jews and Muslims worldwide are fasting together on …

Hurting Oneself in `Ashura': Any Basis?

Hurting Oneself in Ashura: Any Basis?

What is the Islamic perspective concerning the acts of the Shiites on the day of `Ashura’? We see them hurting themselves. Does this have any basis in Islam?

How Many Consecutive Days to Fast in Muharram

How Many Consecutive Days to Fast in Muharram?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu waRahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.  All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. In this fatwa: It is recommendable to fast as much of the month of Muharram as one can; particularly the 9th, the 10th and the 11th days of it. Added …

The Day of Ashura - Celebrating Moses or Mourning Hussein?

Ashura - Celebrating Moses or Mourning Hussein?

The fasting on the day of Ashura was made obligatory even before Ramadan; it was made obligatory in the first year after the hijrah, and everybody had to fast the first year. Then Allah revealed Ramadan, so Ramadan became obligatory, and the next year, Muharram became recommended and not obligatory.



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