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Sep08

The unique virtue of fasting on `Āshūrā’

By: Muwasala Source: Muwasala MV Editor’s Note: Depending on when the sighting was declared in your region, the Day of Ashura would be around the 9th of September 2019. The Day of `Āshūrā’, the tenth of Muharram, is an auspicious day. It has been narrated that it was the day on which Allah forgave our father Ādam, the day on which the Ark of Nūh came to rest on the mountain known as al-Jūdī after six months at sea, and the day on which Allah forgave the people of Yūnus (peace be upon him and all the Prophets). When the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and grant him peace) came to al-Madīnah, he found the Jews fasting the Day of `Āshūrā’. He asked them why they were fasting and they told...

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Sep08

Devotion and generosity on Ashura

By: Mufti Muhammad ibn Adam Source: Darul Iftaa MV Editor’s Note: Depending on when the sighting was declared in your region, the Day of Ashura would be around the 9th of September 2019. Many ‘Ulama encourage the giving of gifts, charity, and spending on one’s family on the day of Ashura. That is as a purely optional virtue in addition to prescribed fasting. What follows is a brief look at some of the narrations upon which those recommendations are based. There are two types of narrations related regarding these matters. The first concerning the virtue of giving general charity on the 10th of Muharram (Ashura), and the second concerning the virtue of spending specifically on...

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Aug31

The Islamic new year: a time for growth and improvement

By: Sheikh Haisam Farache Source: MuslimVillage.com Milestones are markers fundamental to the human psyche.  As we near the end of the calendar year, outside of the controversies surrounding the months of Ramadan and Zul Hijah, have we given any thought to the other months of the Hijri (Islamic) calendar?  In fact, could we even say that we know the Islamic months and could we recall them in order? It is especially imperative for Muslims living outside of Muslim majority nations to maintain a connection to Allah through the specific Prophetic acts of worship encouraged during each particular month and to understand the significance of the Islamic months as they relate to the life of a...

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