A Muslima Reminder – Ashura (Ashoora) This Weekend December 4-5, 2011
We commemorate Ashura (Ashoora) in a way that has been done and taught by the Prophet Muhammad Shalallahu ‘alaihi wasallam. We will fast on the ninth and ten Muharram (4-5 December 2012) or 10-11 Muharram ( 5-6 December) Insha Allah.
The best fasts after the fasts of Ramadan are those of the month of Muharram.” Although the fasts of the month of Muharram are not obligatory, yet one who fasts in these days out of his own will is entitled to a great reward by Allah Almighty. The meaning of his being keen was that he intended to fast on that day in the hope of earning the reward for doing so.
On the authority of Amirul Mukminin Abu Hafs Umar bin Al-Khattab radiyallahu ’anhu, who said, “I heard the messenger of Allah sallallahu ’alayhi wa sallam said, “Verily, all actions are only judged by its intentions, and every man gets what he intends. Those who intend to migrate (hijrah) due to Allah and His messenger, will get reward of migration towards Allah and His messenger, and he whose migrate is due to worldly intention or women whom he wants to marry, will only get what he wants (to which his intention be).” (Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
So.. first of all, we should have intention to fast Ashura.
During this days (Ashura), beside fasting (shaum Ashura), we begged forgiveness from Allah for sins we have done as much as we can. Because in these days Allah will forgive our sins. Allah gives us expiation for the sins of a whole year. Indeed Allah is the Owner of Great Bounty. The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “For fasting the day of ‘Ashura, I hope that Allah will accept it as expiation for the year that went before.” [Reported by Muslim, 1976]
And also we should give as much charity as you can afford, place a hand of affection on an orphan’s head, give generously to one’s relatives, hold your anger, recite Al-Qur’an and any dua (everything you want), these are recommended for the day of Ashura.
O’ Allah! Bless us to perform good deeds and gain their reward on ‘Ashura.. Aameen