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When to Fast the Day of Ashura

As we know, Ashura is the tenth day of Muharram; the first month of the Islamic lunar year. The start of lunar months, besides Ramadan and Dhu’l-Hijjah for those performing hajj, is decided based on one of two criteria: a) sighting the new moon and b) the completion of the previous month. This view is found to be agreed on by all scholars based on the prophetic tradition, ‘Fast when you see it (the moon) and cease fasting when you see it, and if it is hidden or cloudy, complete the counting of Sha’ban as thirty days.’(Al-Bukhari and Muslim, narrated by Abu Hurairah) Continue reading

December 3, 2011 Posted by | Muqeet's (assorted) | , , , , | Leave a comment