Fasting on the day of ‘Aashooraa only

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. – Volume 10, Page 401, Fatwa No.13700

Question: Is it permissible to fast ‘Aashooraa  just one day?

Response: It is permissible to fast the day of ‘Aashooraa (tenth day of Muharram) just one day, however, it is better to fast the day before it or the day after it [also] and this is the established Sunnah of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) who said:

«If I am [still] here next year, then certainly I shall fast the ninth [day of Muharram]», [transmitted by Muslim, Ahmad, Ibn Maajah, Ibn Abee Shaybah, at-Tahaawee, al-Bayhaqee and al-Baghawee]. Ibn ‘Abbaass (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhumaa) said: «along with the tenth [day of Muharram]».

And with Allaah lies all the success, and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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