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Ashura

The Day of Ashura

The literal meaning of the word Ashura is ‘’Tenth’’. In Islam, Ashura refers to the tenth day of the Holy Month of Muharram which is considered the second holiest month after the month of Ramadan Kareem.
The day of Ashura is marked by Muslims with a voluntary day of fasting which commemorates the day Hazrat Nooh (A.S) left the Ark, the day that Hazrat Moosa (A.S) was saved from the Egyptians by Allah S.W.T. and Ashura is a solemn day of mourning the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) at Karbala. Some fourteen centuries ago, the grandson of The Holy Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) , Hazrat Imam Hussain (A.S) and his little son, were mercilessly killed by a cruel and oppressive ruler in the Battle of Karbala. Although Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) was slain in the battle, his message of kindness, justice and equality lives on among people who love him, and hence, that is his real victory. Keeping which in mind, many Muslims keep fast on the day of Ashura.

The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) Said about the day of Ashura

‘’It is a compensation for the minor sins of the past year’’

Reward for fasting on the day of Ashura

Fasting on the Day of Ashura offers spiritual redemption and allows you the opportunity to wipe your slate clean of any minor sins that you may have accumulated in the last year. Allah (S.W.T) in all his Omnipotent Glory will clear away any of your minor sins if you are committed to your fast and truly repent on the day of Ashura.
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) Said, “Fasting the day of Ashura, I hope that Allah will accept it as an expiation for (the sins committed in) the previous year.” (Muslim), but be advised that, while fasting on this day will atone for your sins in the past year, it will not make up for needlessly skipping your fasts throughout Ramadan, disregarding your daily prayers or partaking in any major sins.
Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity for redemption this Muharram; take up your fast in this month with reverence and remembrance! Allah (S.W.T) in all His mercy will surely absolve our sins and allow us to go into the New Year with a clean slate.
In addition to fasting this Muharram, you can honour the actions of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A) as he took a stand against tyranny, by building a well in the name of The Holy Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ), Hazrat Fatimah (R.A), Hazrat Ali (R.A),Hazrat Imam Hasan (R.A) or Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A).

What we can do extra this Ashura

This year, go even one step further and donate water, food and medicine to the Needy all over the world through the Quba Trust on this Holy Day and gain extra Reward from Allah (S.W.T).

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