The four levels of the fast of ‘Aashooraa

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Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:

The fast of ‘Aashooraa has four levels.

The first level is to fast the 9th, the 10th and the 11th [days of Muharram].

And this is the highest level, based upon what [Imaam] Ahmad transmitted in al-Musnad:

«Fast the day before it, and the day after it; [and in doing so] differ [yourselves] from the Jews.»

And [in addition], if a person was to fast these three days, then he has attained the virtue of fasting the [recommended] three days of every month.

The second level, [is to fast] the 9th and the 10th [days of Muharram], based on the statement of the Prophet ﷺ:

«If I live until next year, I will certainly fast the ninth [day of Muharram].»

…[and] he said this after it was said to him that the Jews used to fast the 10th day [of Muharram]; and he used to like to differ from the Jews, rather to differ from every disbeliever.

And the third [level], [is to fast] the 10th and the 11th [days of Muharram].

And the fourth [level], [is to fast] the 10th [day of Muharram] by itself.

And from amongst the scholars are those who say [it] is permissible [to do so], and from amongst them are those who say [it] is disliked [to do so].

- 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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