The Virtue of Fasting in the Month of al-Muharram

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The fasting of Ashura day, 10th day of Muharram month, eliminates the last whole year of sins. Also this is the best fasting after Ramadan.

A hadith from Abu Huraira (may Allah blesses him), that The Prophet ﷺ says:

أَفْضَلُ الصَّلاَةِ بَعْدَ الصَّلاَةِ الْمَكْتُوبَةِ الصَّلاَةُ فِي جَوْفِ اللَّيْلِ وَأَفْضَلُ الصِّيَامِ بَعْدَ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ صِيَامُ شَهْرِ اللَّهِ الْمُحَرَّمِ

“The best prayer after the prescribed prayers is a prayer offered in the middle of the night. The best fast after the month of Ramadan is fasting in the month of Allah, al-Muharram” [Sahih Muslim].

Also he ﷺ says :

صِيَامُ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ أَحْتَسِبُ عَلَى اللَّهِ أَنْ يُكَفِّرَ السَّنَةَ الَّتِى قَبْلَهُ وَالسَّنَةَ الَّتِى بَعْدَهُ وَصِيَامُ يَوْمِ عَاشُورَاءَ أَحْتَسِبُ عَلَى اللَّهِ أَنْ يُكَفِّرَ السَّنَةَ الَّتِى قَبْلَهُ

“The fasting of Arafah day eliminates the last whole year of sins, the next whole year of sins. And the fasting of Ashura (10th day of Muharram) eliminates the last whole year of sins” [Sahih Muslim].

Welcome to the sacred month of al-Muharram. Do as many voluntary fasting as you can this month.

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